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SM 36/2/14


[16] Variant design for the first floor of a new Parliament House


First floor plan


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Extends 300 feet - Thames, 232 feet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1734-39

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia (brown) wash, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on laid paper (379 x 520)


William Kent (1685 - 1748)


IHS / I Villedary


As well as the changes mentioned in the note to drawing [15], this design shows a rectangular House of Commons with a curved end and two narrow spiral staircases. The apse of the room in the centre of the eastern half of the building is narrower than in the previous design (drawing [12]).

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)



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