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SM Vol 48/14


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


Detail elevations and moulding profiles of a niche canopy, and base with plinth frieze on the north façade of Westminster Hall


not to scale


Too high / x (x 2) / Plan / Inner square dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/04/1824
    April 1824
    written over an erasure Westminster Hall / April 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound into 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. This drawing records the carved details of niche canopies, micro-architectural features and the cusped shield frieze as restored by Soane from 1819 - 1823. Despite the intention of archaeological exactness, there are characteristics in the treatment of certain details (i.e. the foliate crockets) which mark the stonework as belonging to the early nineteenth century. Soane famously installed four pedestals from these niches onto the façade of No. 13, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and reassembled other fragments from the Old Palace of Westminster within the Monk's Yard to the rear of No. 14, Lincoln's Inn Fields.



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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