bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot
Signed and dated
dated in accodance with known building campaign
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, green and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (732 x 538)
Soane Office, draughtsman
Preliminary study (in pencil)
Smith and Allnutt / 1820
In the plan for the Court of King's Bench as accommodated within the New Law Courts (shown on the right-hans side of the sheet) the first two tiers of seating are indidated in pencil, suggesting the exact arrangment of this element of the furnishings was still under consideration. All three plans demonstrate the comparative capacities of the three different locations of the Court of King's Bench. That this drawing remains untitled and without annotations suggests it was never presented for discussion. The coloured washes to demark the seating within the Courts tallies with SM P 281-iv/a and SM P 281-iv/b.
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