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image SM 53/8/25

Reference number

SM 53/8/25


[354] Record drawing, New Law Courts, c September 1826


Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south, with part of Westminster Hall and linking range, as originally part executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c/09/1826
    dated in accordance with SM 53/8/21

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia wash, on laid paper (473 x 292)


Attributed to Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman




The stylistic characteristics of draughtsmanship and the modelling of wash suggest Richardson's hand. The New Palace Yard façade is shown with projecting corners, given extra visual strength by engaged pilasters; the latter introduced by Soane as a penultimate revision prior to adopting disengaged columns. This elevation corresponds with the plan taken at first floor level shown in SM 53/3/25. The corners are record a variant design (in pencil) for square turrets terminated with sculptures standing on domed caps, which are shown in drawing SM 53/8/43.

The design is a variant of that shown in SM 53/8/20, with the balustrade replaced by a solid parapet and the entablature breaking outwards over pillasters which demark the curved corners. The latter project forwards creating the sense of supportive weight wanting in some alternative variants. This is drawn over an erased variant scheme which closely resembles that shown in SM 53/8/22, and variant schemes in the same hand (see SM/53/8/27 and SM/53/8/30).



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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