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Manuscript Plan of Cambridge 44

Manuscript Plan of Cambridge 44

Artist: Hawksmoor, Nicholas

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1725

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 8

Item number: 44

Length: 58.9

Width: 81.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript Map

A hand drawn plan or sketch by Nicholas Hawksmoor of the city centre of Cambridge. He shows the main street plan, although he was not a mapmaker and it is not intended to be accurate. He seems most interested in the area where Trinity Street, Kings Parade and Petty Curvy meet. He was planning some improvements and this drawing seems to be suggesting an open piazza incorporating St Mary's Church, Kings College, Clare Hall and other university buildings. Several years earlier in c.1713, Hawksmoor was employed to design a new court for King's College. He planned a grand Baroque style court, 90 metres square, with giant columns and pilasters. Neither of these ideas were ever built and were considered very radical for their time.

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