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Reference number

SM 36/2/15

Purpose

[15] Variant design for the ground floor of a new Parliament House

Aspect

Ground floor plan

Scale

bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

labelled: (pencil) River Thames, 300 feet, 232

Signed and dated

circa

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia (brown) wash, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on laid paper (374 x 507)

Hand

William Kent (1685 - 1748)

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / LVG

Notes

While substantially similar to the initial ground floor plan (drawing [11]), there are some differences to the design. The most significant are the enlarging of the two courts in the eastern half of the building and the addition of a portico on the river side.

Both drawings [15] and [16] have been taken to suggest a phased construction as the western part of the building is shown in outline only.

(Salmon, pp. 339-43)

Level

Drawing

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