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Reference number

SM 36/2/19

Purpose

[17] Design for part of a new Parliament House suggesting a phased construction

Aspect

Part plan

Scale

bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

labelled: (pencil) Westminster Hall, The Painted Chamber, 75, 50, The River Thames, Holds 508 / Gally 120

Signed and dated

circa

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (377 x 518)

Hand

William Kent (1685 - 1748)

Watermark

IHS / I Villedary

Notes

This part plan, which corresponds more closely to drawing [12] than drawing [16], suggests two things. The first is that a phased construction was envisaged, wherein the old House of Commons, Painted Chamber and House of Lords could remain standing while the new House of Commons was built. The second is that the eastern part of the building would not encroach into the river.

(Salmon, p. 339 and note 100)

Level

Drawing

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