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SM 36/2/12


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


First floor plan


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet


labelled: (pencil) The River Thames, Westminster Hall, Old Palace Yard, Henry 7ths / Chapel

Signed and dated

  • 1739

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (741 x 539)


C18th hand


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / 4 / W = IV


Drawing [18] has a basilical chamber at its centre with a peristyle and apses. This design, however, features a central, octagonal atrium with the new Court of Requests to the west, lobbies to the Houses of Commons and Lords to the north and south, and an open court on the east side, across from which is a conference room.

(Salmon, p. 343)



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