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image SM Vol 48/46

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SM Vol 48/46


[55] Survey, Court of Common Pleas, 12 April 1823


Section through the basement and main (first) floors of the Court of Common Pleas, the Judges Robing Room and Record Room, with furnishings


to a rough scale


Section of the Court of Common Pleas and the Robing Room / A (x 2) B C D-A [compound letter] / West[minste]r. Hall / Picture / level of Robing room / 7 feet 8 inch[e]s above / the level of the Court / of Common Pleas / marked x / Court. yard. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 12/04/1823
    12th. April 1823

Medium and dimensions

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


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry 12 April 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Sketching at the new Courts at / Westminster.


This section is taken looking to the south, with Westminster Hall to the left. In the inscription details A and B are given on drawing SM Vol 48/45. Details C and D-A are given on drawing SM Vol 48/47. In should be noted that this Court room, lit solely by a clerestory lantern, offers a direct precedent for Soane's system of lighting the New Law Courts, though his interest in devising such solutions had already been indicated throughout his architectural oeurve, most notably at the Bank of England.



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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