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  • image SM 53/8/26

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SM 53/8/26


[459] First design, New Law Courts, 4 August 1826


Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south, with offices facing New Palace Yard reinstated, variant of unexecuted scheme


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Design for the Exterior of the Court of Kings Bench next Old Palace Yard

Signed and dated

  • 04/08/1826
    4th. August 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia wash, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (467 x 291)


Probably Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 4 August 1826 records that Charles Richardson was About drawing of the New Courts with Daivd Mocatta. This drawing is much more characteristic of Richardson's hand.




In this drawing square projecting corners are shown to replace circular (quadrant) ones. The giant order is expressed as columns in antis and not with freestanding shafts, as was final intention for the façade as commenced.



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