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image SM 36/2/1

Reference number

SM 36/2/1

Purpose

[22] Variant design for the first floor of a new Parliament House and Law Courts

Aspect

General Plan of Westminster Hall / and Houses of Parliament as they now are and proposed to be / and how Courts of Justice may be Erected when required

Scale

bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

as above, labelled: Pallace (sic) Yard, St Margretts Lane, Fish Yard, Court of / Equity, Judges (4 times), Officers (4 times), Court (5 times), Court of / Exchequer, Jury (3 times), Court of / Common Please (sic), Court of / Kings Bench, Court of / Chancery, Lord / Chancellor, Master / of the / Rolls, Masters in / Chancery, Westminster Hall, Lobby, House of / Commons, King Henry the Seventh / Chapple (sic), Old Pallace Yard, Parliament Office, Dirty Lane, Coffee Houses, Court of Request, Gallery, Painted / Chamber, Robing / Room, Black / Rod, Princes / Chamber, Kings Privy / Chamber, House of Lords, Lobby, Clerks, Clerk, Mr Speakers / Closett (sic), Sergeant / att (sic) Arms, Court of Request, Black Rod / & Gentlemen / Ushers, Kings / Presence, House of Lords, Lobby, Vestibule, Lobby, House of Commons, Mr / Speakers / Chamber, Waiting / Room, Court, Conferance (sic), Court, Black Rod, Robing / Room, Prince / of Wales, Lord / Chancellor, Lord / Treasurer, Bishops, Lord / Privy / Seal, Lord / Great / Chamber / lain, Earl / Marshall, Committee (4 times), Lord Hallifax's / Garden, Thames, That part of the Plan shaded red is proposed / to be last Built // The Plan shaded faint with Black are the / Present Buildings

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (535 x 748)

Hand

John Vardy (1717/18 - 1765)

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche = IV

Notes

Frank Salmon believes this to be one of the drawings that was submitted to the Treasury on 20 August 1739. The new Parliament House is 280 feet wide and 210 feet deep, so that it encroaches into the river. According to a note on the drawing, 'That part of the Plan shaded red is proposed / to be last Built'. The design includes a proposal for new Law Courts adjoining Westminster Hall. The idea to erect new Law Courts would reappear as part of the Second 'Belvedere' Scheme.

See also TNA, WORK 29/3358 (24) and SM 36/2/2 (drawing [23]).

(Salmon, pp. 343-44)

Level

Drawing

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