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SM 53/4/72


[436] Alternative design, Court of King's Bench, c 1824-25


Elevations for railings in New Palace Yard, outside the north wall of the Court of King's Bench, unknown if as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to one foot


Design for the Iron Railing in the North Front of the Court of King's Bench at Westminster. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1824-25

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (727 x 499)


Soane Office, draughtsman


These three designs for exterior railings along the rebuilt north wall of the Court of King’s Bench all feature nineteen bays set into a plinth course. They run from Westminster Hall to the octagonal turret on the new façade's north-west corner. The variant designs are in response to the gradient of New Palace Yard, which descends towards the Thames (to the east). The gradient has been scratched out and redrawn on the topmost design; this is the only one to include a gate at the junction with Westminster Hall. Its plinth is also perpendicular. The second omits the gate and accommodates the gradient with three sweeping risers, whilst a third shows the plinth course following the gradient. An intermediary design with one swept riser is sketched in pencil.



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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