Plan of the scaffolding as it was erected in the Abby [sic] for the coronation of King George the Second and Queen Caroline, 1727
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Date: ca. 1727
An alphanumeric key highlights important features of the Abbey at the time of the coronation, such as the royal tombs and the coronation chair. A green strip leading from the choir area indicates the carpet that spread from the abbey to Westminster Hall. An elevation of the choir is included. This is the part of the building in which the actual coronation took place. The number "3" marks the Chair of State where the king was enthroned.
George II's reign was dominated by the Jacobin Rebellion, which began in 1745 when Prince Charles Stuart, the 'Young Pretender', landed in Scotland and began to form an army. The Jacobite threat ended when Charles was defeated at the Battle of Culloden in April 1746. The country prospered greatly during George II's reign, with an expansion of the coal and shipbuilding industries, a general growth in population, and the establishment of Madras and Bengal as British colonies.