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image SM 62/4/8

Reference number

SM 62/4/8

Purpose

Survey of the seating arrangements in Westminster Abbey for the coronation of James II (Copy)

Aspect

Plan of Westminster Abbey with sections through the chancel looking south and east

Scale

bar scale of 5/11 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

(verso): Office of Works stamp

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes, pricked for transfer within a single-ruled border on wove paper (573 x 403)

Hand

Office of Works

Watermark

J Budgen

Notes

A simplified version of a plan that appears in Francis Sandford's The History of the Coronation of... James II, this drawing shows the arrangement of the temporary seating in Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony. New seating is set up in the aisles, choir and transepts, all designed to provide a view of the raised 'theatre' in the chancel. Three more plates in Sandford's book show different views within the Abbey.

Level

Drawing

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