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Reference number

SM 53/4/64


[263] Working drawing, Court of Common Pleas, 19 October 1822


Section through a brick-lined drainage course, running southward beneath the Court of Common Pleas, as executed


bar scale of 11/2 inches to 1 foot


West[minster]: Hall / Drain from the Court / of Pleas Southward. / 23d Oct[ober]: 1822 / Section of new Drain in Court of Law dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 19/10/1822
    J. Fone Oct[obe]r 19th 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of red and brown, pen, on laid paper (286 x 200)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect


Pencil sketch of battlements


J Bugden / 1820


The drawing is inscribed in Soane's hand, and dated 23 October 1822. The draughtsman, John Fone, served as an additional Labourer in Trust appointed to oversee this project by the Office of Works. He is also represented in drawing SM 53/1/3.


Sawyer, 1999: p 526, footnote 1554



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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