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  • image SM 53/8/5

Reference number

SM 53/8/5


[152] Duplicate presentation drawing, New Law Courts, 12 April 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts and Westminster Hall from the corner of St Margaret's Street and New Palace Yard, looking south east


to a scale


C[harles]. J[ames]. R[ichardson]: Copied / Lincolns Inn Fields -

Signed and dated

  • 12/04/1824
    April 12th 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw sienna, Payne's grey and sepia, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (476 x 339) mounted on wove paper within triple ruled border (521 x 356)


Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 12 April 1824 notes that Charles Richardson was Drawing a View of the / front of the Courts of / Law.


This drawing is a copy of SM 53/8/2 - possibly executed a training exercise set for Charles Richardson. This view was subsequently engraved as Plate Xc in Soane's Public and Private Buildings.



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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