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SM Vol 48/12


[53] Survey, Court of Common Pleas, 5 April 1823


Plan of the basement level under the main (first) floor of the Court of Common Pleas


to a rough scale


Cellar under the Court of Common Pleas. / Wall of Court dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 05/04/1823
    5th. April 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (211 x 272)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 5 April 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was making Sketches of the Courts / at Westmisnter.


The plan has been drawn over earlier pencil sketches, including a partial plan and a profile section of Gothic moulding, perhaps related to the same buildings. The plan shows the basement level immediately adjacent to the west wall of Westminster Hall, accessible via the pair of spiral staircases either side of the entrance arch.



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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