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SM drawer 62/1/7


Finished design showing plan at ground level


2 Plan


10 feet to 7/16 inch approx.


In pencil by C18-19 hand below plan, Plan of a Design for a Palace at S.t James's. N.o 2

Signed and dated

  • c.1715-20

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink with grey wash, over pencil under drawing, on laid paper; 545 x 755




Strasbourg bend / LVG = IHS / IVILLEDARY


The ground plan has been enlarged to accommodate a central courtyard, 167 feet square, and all the planning of the interior has been worked out in detail. It remains a design in a restrained Palladian manner, without applied orders, and with Venetian windows in the corner pavilions.



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