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image SM Vol 51/21

Reference number

SM Vol 51/21


[321] Preliminary survey on completion, Court of King's Bench, c 1825


Section through the main floor of the Court of King's Bench, lookings east, as executed


to a scale


(Freemasons) / [_]

Signed and dated

  • c 1825
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume ( 279 x 212)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing appears to be a preliminary study for a more fully-worked section through this Court: SM 53/1/16. The curatorial inscription (Freemasons) is erroneous. The sheet has been pricked through from another leaf, not present in the volume. This drawing concentrates upon the details of the Court's lantern, ceiling and upper storey of the Court room proper. The orientation of the section is difficult to establish given the absence of details in the lower storey. However, this drawing is clearly associated with a series of sections through the Court of King's Bench (SM 53/3/1 - 11).



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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