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The plan of Marlborough House, St James's

The plan of Marlborough House, St James's

Draughtsman: [anonymous]

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1767-71

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 12.21

Item number: 21

Length: 203

Width: 279

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: ca. 4" : 100 Feet

This ground plan was published in Campbell's 'Vitruvius Britannicus'. The title appears in English and French, next to the scale bar, at the foot of the plate. The house was built for Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, after Queen Anne granted a 50-year lease on the land adjoining St. James's Palace. It remained in the Marlborough family until 1817 when the property was returned to the Crown. Christopher Wren was initially commissioned to design the house, but the Duchess of Marlborough, unhappy with his work, took over the project. Work on the house began in 1709 and was completed by 1711.

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