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  • image SM Vol 54/13

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SM Vol 54/13


[25] Preliminary survey, Westminster Hall, 24 April 1824


Detail elevations and sections of plinth and stringcourse moulding profiles on the north façade of Westminster Hall, with half elevation of blind window


not to scale


Parts of the North Front / of Westminster Hall. / Mouldings of the / lowest Base of the / Hall. / Line of the bottom of the Plinth / Window / False / Window / in the / side / Mouldings of large / Mouldings of / the highest Cornice / 7 Heads in / the side, Mouldings of / Middle Cornice, No. heads / Mouldings of / the lowest cornice. / No heads / Mouldings of small dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/04/1824
    The date occurs on the adjacent leaf (see SM Vol 54/14) and has been erased and overwritten at the right-hand corner of this drawing.

Medium and dimensions

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


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 24 April 1824 records that Stephen Burchell was engaged in Sketching parts of Westminster Hall.


This series of survey drawings (SM Vol 54/13 - 16; 18 - 19) may have been prepared in response to the Select Committee's criticism of the New Law Courts, and their junction with the north façade of Westminster Hall. The false or blind window is located on the second storey of the north-west tower's western face, immediately adjacent to the junction between the Hall and Soane's Court of King's Bench.



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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