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SM 36/2/3


[28] Copy of a design for the ground floor of a new Parliament House and Law Courts


Ground floor plan


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 10 feet


labelled: Palace Yard, Passage from Westminster Hall to the Crown Kitchen, Westminster Hall, Base Story under Courts of Justices, Fish Yard, St Margaret's Lane, King Henry / the Sevenths Chapel, Parliament Office, Dirty Lane, Old Palace Yard, Present Coffee Houses, Passage / from West / minster / Hall to / Base / Story, Burgess Court, Auditor of the / Exchequer, Auditor of / the Exchequers / Garden, Thames, The Building within this Red line / is what is now used for the Accomodation (sic) / of Parliament, Crown Vault / But commonly for Footmen attending each Houses, Crown Vault

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and warm sepia (brown) washes within single ruled border on laid paper (524 x 737)


John Vardy (1717/18 - 1765)


fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche / WR = IV


This drawing is a copy of TNA, WORK 29/3358 (1) (Salmon, fig. 13.39). The north east pavilion and much of the east front encroaches into the river. The large, vaulted room beneath the Court of Requests has public lavatories along the east wall. The thick walls throughout the centre of the building were required to support the belvedere.

(Salmon, p. 351)



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