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  • image SM 53/4/70

Reference number

SM 53/4/70


[432] Final design, Court of King's Bench, 30 September 1824


Plan, elevation and section of a Palladian pseudo-Serliana window, in the north wall of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, with Gothic screen wall and fenestration, not as executed


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Court of Kings Bench, L[incoln's]. I[nn]. F[ields]. / Elevation of One of the Arched Apurtures. Northside / 5' 9" in the / rough Brickwork. / Centre of Pier between openings / Section of North Wall. / New Wall / Plan. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 30/09/1824
    30th. Sep[tembe]r 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of brown, pink, and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (488 x 672)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 30 September 1824 record that George Bailey was About drawings of the / Court of King's Bench.


Smith & Allnutt / 1820


The drawing is an intermediary design stage in the solution for screening the northern façade in Gothic dress. There are clear signs of erasure and redrawing in the plan and section of the proposed Gothic window, suggesting that Bailey misinterpreted Soane’s intentions, or had departed too far from them. The central mullion of the external window is omitted in the section (compare with SM 53/4/71). The latter is placed beneath a large stringcourse and a higher recessed moulded opening. The relationship between the existing interior and proposed new exterior is notably unresolved, as the elevation makes clear.



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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