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Reference number

SM 53/7/2


[254] Finished drawing, New Law Courts, 24 July 1823


Plan with fold-out wall elevations for water closets located between the New Law Courts and the House of Commons, possibly as executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot.


Plan & Section of two / Water Closets between New / Courts & House of Commons / Cistern / swing window / Front of Cisterns / Skylight (verso) Courts of Law / Plans / Various designs for the / Courts of Chancery and / the Vice-Chancellors Court. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/07/1823
    July 24th, 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (530 x 376)


Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
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plan of water closets (to a larger scale) in pen


This drawing may have be worked-up from the dimensions Charles Papendiek recorded at the New Law Courts on the proceeding day. These water closets were located at the extreme south end of the site, located in the angle between the end of the Public Corridor and the vestibule leading to the House of Commons’ Lobby. Their location with a variant arrangement for the 'cacatiji', as Soane referred to such provisions, is shown in SM 53/2/70.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation. This catalogue of Soane’s designs for the New Law Courts was generously funded by The Worshipful Company of Mercers and The Pilgrim Trust.

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