The Vaults

I was asked if I was interested in seeing the space which will be occupied by the RA’s new lavatories – behind, and on a level with, the entrance hall, vacating the existing ones to give more space to the entrance.   I wasn’t particularly interested until I saw it.   I realised that within the different types of brickwork was an archaeology of Burlington House, beginning with seventeenth-century brickwork from when the house was first built by Sir John Denham after the Restoration through to Victorian brickwork put in by Sydney Smirke when the new galleries were built at the back two centuries later, with different styles of brickwork and pointing in between:-

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