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  • image SM Vol 54/17

Reference number

SM Vol 54/17


[172] Preliminary survey on completion, New Law Courts, May 1824


Plans of skylights for the Public Corridor adjacent to Westminster Hall, and the ancillary space between the east wall of the Court of Equity and the north wall of the Court of Exchequer, as executed


not to scale


Skylights New Courts / Ex[chequer]. / Old Wall / Common Pleas / Vice C[hancellor's]. / Lord Ch[ancellor's]. / L[ord]. C[hancellor's]. Robing Room / Equity / Pier / cut away / for a Window / H (x 4) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 01/05/1824 - 31/05/1824
    May. 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (211 x 281)


Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman


In the inscription H marks the centre line of each plan. These rectangular skylights appear to be those over the circulation spaces of the New Law Courts, rather than the more elaborate lanterns over the Courts proper. This drawing is part of a survey of existing skylights (see SM Vol 54/10) and can be compared to a more worked-up record of these elements in SM 53/1/25.



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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