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Reference number

SM 36/2/28

Purpose

[25] Design 'D' for the interior of the House of Commons

Aspect

Plan and laid-out wall elevations

Scale

bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

labelled: (D)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue-green washes, pricked for transfer within single ruled border on laid paper (365 x 518)

Hand

William Kent (1685 - 1748)

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / LVG

Notes

Plans A, B, C, D2 and E are at The National Archives (WORK 29/3358 (7-11); Salmon, figs. 13.36 (E) and 13.37 (D2)). The Commons chamber has a 'D'-shaped plan. The benches behind the Speaker's chair are canted, similar to the layout of the old House of Commons designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Over the chamber entrance door is a bust of an ancient British king.

(Salmon, pp. 348-49 and note 132)

Level

Drawing

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