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image SM 37/3/25

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SM 37/3/25


[296] Finished drawing, Court of King's Bench, 1823 - 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench in the New Law Courts, furnished with fittings taken from the Old Court of King's Bench, not as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


The Present New Court of King's bench / with the Fittings of the Old Court - / Judges Bench / Judges Clerk. / Crown Clerks. / Clerk of the Rule Office. / Desk / Jury / New Court 30' 6" wide / Old Court 28 Feet / Students / Desk for King's Counsel / King's Counsel / Seat for King's Counsel dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1823 - 1824
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, green and red, pen, on wove paper (297 x 357)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman
*[Tango Man]*


The labels are written in by three distinct hands, one of which is Clearly Soane's. The coloured washes used to distinguish the seating arrangements of the Court follow those found on other related plans (e.g. SM 37/3/36). This plan, with its stated dimensions appears thematically related to concerns over accommodation and space, reflected in SM 53/7/3, though the latter's colour palette is different.



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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