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SM 36/2/19


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


Part plan


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet


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

Signed and dated

  • 1734-39

Medium and dimensions

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


William Kent (1685 - 1748)


IHS / I Villedary


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)



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