Architects and Architecture

Preliminary design for the dome


Preliminary design for the dome; Greenwich, London
Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723)
Pen, sepia ink and grey wash; drawn by Nicholas Hawksmoor; built 1698–1723
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

Wren designed the Royal Hospital at Greenwich with the aid of Nicholas Hawksmoor as his Clerk of Works. In this drawing, Hawksmoor shows an early idea for the dome of the Painted Hall. Its construction and exterior form are clearly visible.



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