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SM 36/2/18


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


First floor plan


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 10 feet


labelled: (pencil) River Thames, 33, 50, 50, 75

Signed and dated

  • 1739

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil, pricked for transfer on laid paper (373 x 526)


William Kent (1685 - 1748)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / 4 / WR


This design is perhaps closer to the 'Chiswick' Scheme in that the east-west axis is restored and the apsidal lobbies between the central atrium and the Houses of Lords and Commons reappear, albeit with the apses reversed (cf. drawing [16]). The hall in the centre of the eastern front is reminiscent of the designs for the Cottonian Library (drawing [4]) with its apses and screens of columns. The central atrium is now rectangular and has colonnades along the north and south sides.

(Salmon, p. 343)



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