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image SM 62/3/2

Reference number

SM 62/3/2


Survey of the seating arrangements in Westminster Abbey for the coronation of George III


Plan of Westminster Abbey Church / shewing the arrangement of Seats &c / for the Coronation of (pencl) q[uer]y Geo 3? and section through chancel and transepts


bar scale of 2/3 inch to 10 feet


as above

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (732 x 515)


unidentified c18th hand


IHS / I Villedary = fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / 4 / LVG


This drawing shows the seating arrangements in Westminster Abbey probably as designed for the coronation of George III. A plan of the seating in the Abbey for the coronation of James II, SM 62/4/8, is similar in presentation - in both drawings a section through the chancel and transepts cuts off Henry VII's Chapel at the east end of the Abbey. However, the differences between the seating arrangements indicate that this drawing is not a direct copy. The bulk of the new seating is fitted up on galleries in the transepts. A raised 'theatre' with extra seating and a dais for the royal throne is set up in the centre of the chancel. More temporary seating is provided in the choir of the Abbey. See also SM 62/3/3.



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