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image SM 53/3/2

Reference number

SM 53/3/2

Purpose

[305] Alternative design, 27 April 1825

Aspect

Section through the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, looking east, with a demi-variant proposal for the lower level of the interior, the large, axial square-headed opening is shown with an unmoulded architrave, recessed between a two pairs of antae carrying a simple trabeated entablature, with a variant scheme for smaller subsidiary openings either side of that on the main axis, not as executed

Scale

bar scale of 1/11 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design for the Court of King's Bench - Section of East Side.

Signed and dated

L[incoln's]. I[nn]. F[ields]. / 27th. April. / 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of pink and brown, pen, on wove paper pricked for transfer (261 x 362)

Hand

Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 April 1825 records that Stephen Burchell was engaged in preparing a section of the Court of King's Bench.

Notes

This drawing shows the same aspect as drawing SM 53/3/1, but with demi-variant proposal for the lower level of the Court's interior. The large square-headed opening is shown with an unmoulded architrave, recessed between a two pairs of antae carrying a simple trabeated entablature. The drawing shows a variant scheme for including or excluding smaller subsidiary openings either side of that on the main axis. As in SM 53/3/1, the lower section of the interior is treated with channelled rustication, but here the tribunal is omitted. The details of the skylight glazing and ornaments are more definitely shaded than in SM 53/3/1.

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Drawing

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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