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Reference number

SM 37/3/24


[133] Survey, Westminster Hall, before 9 July 1823


Section through the Court of King's Bench, as accommodated in the Sessions House, Westminster


to a scale


Section of the Court of Kings Bench. / (pencil) Rec.[eive]d of Mr. Lee dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 09/06/1823
    9 July 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, ochre wash, pen, within single ruled border on laid paper (340 x 211)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand (in pencil).
This is perhaps not in a Soane Office hand.


Preliminary study of a section detail


Smith & Allnutt / 1819


The dimensions of this drawing are given by three different hands. In the inscription Mr. Lee can be identified as Adam Lee (c 1772 - 1843) who was Labourer in Trust at Whitehall and Westminster from 1806. As such, the ordinary repairs to (amongst other buildings) the Courts of Chancery, King's Bench and Common Pleas, as well as there associated offices and record rooms, came within his purview. Lee would later submit proposals for a new House of Commons (1833) and enter the new Houses of Parliament competition (1834). Some of his designs, including a reconstruction of St Stephen's Chapel, survive in the Museum of London.



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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