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King' House (Spanish Town)

King' House (Spanish Town)

Photographer: Duperly, Adolphe

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Maps.19.b.12

Item number: Plate 11

Length: 28

Width: 40.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

Print of the King's House in Jamaica taken from Adolphe Duperly's 'Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica.' The King's house was located in the centre of Spanish Town. In 1761 the original building on this site, the Spanish Hall of Audience, was destroyed and a home for the Governor was built in its place. It was known as the 'King's House' and was the Governor's residence until 1872 when the capital of the island was transferred to Kingston. It was built from stone from the Hope River and the magnificent columns were made from Portland stone. A large ball room ran the length of the house and many social functions were held there.

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