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image SM 62/4/5

Reference number

SM 62/4/5


Survey of the seating arrangements in Westminster Hall for James II's coronation banquet (Copy)


Plan of Westminster Hall, plan of the galleries and sections through the hall and the "theatre" looking south


to a scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet


as above, No 5; (verso): Office of Works stamp

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes, pricked for transfer within a single-ruled border on wove paper (568 x 595)


Office of Works


For the coronation banquet long tables were set up on either side of Westminster Hall leaving a central aisle for the processions including the presentation of the food to the king and queen and the ceremony of the challenge, in which the king's champion invites any challenges to the appointment of the new monarch. The chandeliers shown in the section are detailed in SM 62/4/4.



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