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SM 37/4/1


[1] Design for elevation to Old Palace Yard


Part elevation


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


(later hand) No 1

Signed and dated

  • 1733

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia (brown) wash on laid paper, bound in volume (320 x 467)


Stephen Wright - 1780)


This part elevation by Kent closely relates to a complete, alternative version at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3518.9; Salmon, fig. 13.17), which itself relates to a design by Lord Burlington (TNA, WORK 29/3358 (21); Salmon, fig. 13.18). Together these drawings represent the earliest designs for a new Parliament House.

Drawing [1] features a Composite colonnade with a projecting, octastyle portico with pediment, behind which is the dome that gives the first scheme its name. In contrast to the design at the V&A, this one has statuary above the balustrade (as in Burlington's design) and introduces a mezzanine level within the basement.

(Salmon, pp. 330-31)



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