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image SM 53/8/22

Reference number

SM 53/8/22

Purpose

[471] Record drawing, New Law Courts, 7 September 1826

Aspect

Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts, the New Palace Yard façade with square-plan projecting corners, from the north west looking south east, unexecuted

Scale

to a scale

Signed and dated

Sept[embe]r. 7th. 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw umber, Payne's grey and sepia, within single ruled border on laid paper (486 x 300)

Hand

Attributed to Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 7 September 1826 notes that Charles Richardson was About drawings of the Courts &c.
Possibly Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
By the same hand responsible for drawing SM 53/8/19. The Day Book entries for 7 September 1826 note that Stephen Burchell and Charles Richardson were both About drawings of the Courts &c.

Watermark

W Weatherley

Notes

This is a variant proposal elaborating the themes of the latter drawing. Here, the visual weakness of curved corners is abandoned in favour of projecting narrow pavilions. Square in plan, they are articulated with a giant Corinthian order, with columns only on their north and south faces, with engaged columns or pilasters responding. The entablature consequently does not project on the western and eastern faces of the two corners, thereby emphasising focus upon the northern façade. Free-standing figures appear above the columns, positioned around a cube with recessed panels, supporting a giant domed cap motif. This itself carries a cylindrical pedestal with strigilated fluting, upon which stands a larger figure.

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Drawing

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