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image SM Vol 49/2

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SM Vol 49/2


[13] Preliminary survey, Westminster Hall, c 1822


Section through a buttress and dormer window of Westminster Hall, with details


to a rough scale


Courts at Westminster dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1822
    dated in accordance with known survey campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (274 x 211)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Fellows & Sons / 1821


It is impossible to identify to specific buttress shown in this drawing, though it records the severely decayed condition of the buttress pinnacles by the early Nineteenth Century. The details include a demi-grotesque corbel on the underside of the buttress arch and the upper part of a two-centred biforate window. The latter bears a close resemblance to the external appearance of the thirteenth-century windows in the east wall of the Painted Chamber. There is also a detail sketch of foliage, perhaps related to the latter.



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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