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  • image SM 53/7/3

Reference number

SM 53/7/3


[297] Finished drawing, Court of King's Bench, c 1823


Plans of the Court of Kings Bench, as formerly accommodated in Westminster Hall, temporarily in Westminster Guildhall and in the New Law Courts, all as extant and executed


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c 1823
    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.



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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