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image SM Vol 49/10

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SM Vol 49/10


[11] Preliminary survey, Westminster Hall, c 1822


Section of a window and elevation of buttress at Westminster Hall, with elevations of entrance arches to the Courts of Exchequer and Common Pleas


not to scale


Dormer / Exchequer Court / Entrance to W[estminste]r Hall / H[eight of] Pav[emen]t. / Entrance / to the Court of / Common Pleas dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1822
    dated in accodance with known survey campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (212 x 275)


Soane Office, draughtsman


A comparable study of the doorways leading to the Courts of Law appear on SM 37/1/7. There are also sketch details of carved ornament, including a seated hart; the personal badge of Richard II (reigned 1377 - 1399) which proliferates the carved stonework of the Hall.



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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