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Photographic copy of plan of ground floor. Digital image of LAD 18/40 P.

SC 750192

Description Photographic copy of plan of ground floor. Digital image of LAD 18/40 P.

Date c. 1825

Catalogue Number SC 750192

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of LAD 18/40 P

Scope and Content Photographic copy of ground plan of central block by David Hamilton, Hamilton Palace (site), Hamilton, South Lanarkshire This working pencil drawing is neither signed nor dated, but it is one of a series by David Hamilton (1768-1843) which show the palace more or less as built, and thus almost certainly dates from about 1822 when work on the great north front began. It shows the ground plan of the central block of the palace, depicting in hachured (shaded) form the proposed additions which are about to envelop and more than double the width of the old north range (centre top). In the centre, echoing much earlier proposals by William Adam, the drawing shows the lower of two grand entrance halls which form the axis of the new design; this is the late 17th-century entrance lobby remodelled and enlarged as a pillared 'Egyptian Hall'. In the new work to the left (east) of the hall is another major feature of the new design, the grand staircase which is to be wrought in black Irish marble. Between 1822 and 1828 the north front of Hamilton Palace was massively enlarged and enhanced by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767-1852) working in collaboration with the distinguished Glasgow architect, David Hamilton (1768-1843), whose design represented an interpretation of the 1819 drawings of the Neapolitan architect Francesco Saponieri. The old north front was replaced by a monumental edifice 80.5m long, the façade of which was centred upon a colossal portico of hexastyle (that is, of six column) form and Corinthian Order. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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