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image SM Vol 61/40

Reference number

SM Vol 61/40

Purpose

[338] Survey on completion, Court of King's Bench, 8 September 1826

Aspect

Interior perspective of the main (ground) floor of the entrance arch of the Public Corridor leading from Westminster Hall to the Court of King's Bench, looking west, as executed

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

View of the Corridor leading to the Court of King's Bench / from Westminster Hall. - / B (erased)

Signed and dated

Sep[tembe]r. 8. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including blue, burnt umber and sepia, within single border on laid paper (279 x 460) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (344 x 534)

Hand

Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman

Notes

This view is taken from the north-east corner of the Public Corridor, where it turns through a right angle and runs along the north-wall of the Bail Court (on the left side of this view) to meet the entrance in the east wall of the Court of King’s Bench. The latter is visible through semi-circular headed wooden draught-screen, which conceals the fact that the latter entrance is off-axis with the corridor. The two doors on the left-hand side of the Corridor gave access to the Public Corridor which ran parallel to Westminster Hall and the staircase giving access to the King’s Bench galleries. The two pointed-arched doorways to the immediate right gave access onto the stair turret of the north-west tower of Westminster Hall (see Victoria & Albert Museum 3306.88; Du Prey Catalogue 532). The view makes clear the deliberate contrast between the plain incised surface details of the Corridor’s walls and their contrast with the emphatic block consoles and skylights. The prominent ventilation grills should also be noted.

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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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