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Reference number

SM 53/5/18

Purpose

[15] Preliminary survey, Westminster Hall, 1822 - 1823

Aspect

Plan of the western wall of Westminster Hall, including eight bays from the southern end and details of the arch and impost mouldings leading to the Court of Common Pleas

Scale

to a rough scale

Inscribed

Westminster Hall / [Passage?] / to the Hall / Over this is the / [_] of Window / Entrance to some / of the Offices of the / Courts since fully / down / Entrance to the / Co[ur]t of Com[mo]n. Pleas / Steps dimensions given

Signed and dated

dated in accordance with known survey campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper (272 x 187)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman

Verso

Rough preliminary plans (pencil)

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt / 1823

Notes

This plan appears to have been made at some point between the demolition of buildings immediately adjacent to the western wall of Westminster Hall and the breaking through of additional doorways in alternating bays to enable access to the New Law Courts via the Public Corridor.

Level

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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