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SM 36/2/26


[13] Design for the elevation to Old Palace Yard



Signed and dated

  • 1734-39

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currently unavailable


William Kent (1685 - 1748)


This design for the elevation facing Old Palace Yard matches the plans in drawings [11-12]. The corresponding elevation to the river is at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 3518.15; Salmon, fig. 13.28). The entablatures of the windows on the piano nobile are linked, giving the effect of an arcade. The curvature of the front is shallower than in the 'Pantheon' design (see the previous plan, drawing [12]). In the centre of the façade is a hexastyle Corinthian portico with a pediment, behind which is the octagonal drum and faceted dome above the entrance hall.

(Salmon, p. 342)



Exhibition history

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, 19 September 2013 - 16 February 2014; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 22 March - 13 July 2014

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