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  • image SM Vol 61/51

Reference number

SM Vol 61/51


[335] Survey on completion, Court of King's Bench, 3 September 1826


Interior perspective of the entrance hall to the Court of King's Bench from Parliament Street, looking west


to a scale


View looking towards the Door of Entrance from / Parliament Street to the Court of King's Bench / No. 7 (erased)

Signed and dated

  • 03/09/1826
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Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including sepia, within partial single ruled border on laid paper (285 x 457) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (340 x 532)


Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman


This is one of two known views of the designated Hall of Entrance to the Court of King’s Bench (compare SM Vol 61/52). It was located on the ground floor of the pavilion tower on the northern range of The Stone Building; designed by Soane to complete its façade to St Margaret's Street. The view is taken from back of the curved alcove, by which the change in alignment between the Courtrooms and the ancillary accommodation facing St Margaret's Street was softened. Beyond the entrance is shown the railed Garden Square, the precurssor of Parliament Square. The interior is marked by characteristic horizontal bands, recessed and incised in the wall plane. The cornice is marked by a Greek key frieze, which also demarks the fireplace, and a projecting moulded cornice, above which is a starfish ceiling. Further foliate and incised ornamentation is indicated on the rib panels, which meet to form an octagonal surround for a convex patera. The furthermost door on the left-hand side gave access to a water closet; the nearest on the right-hand to ancillary rooms and a staircase to the King’s Bench gallery.



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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