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image SM 53/8/28

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SM 53/8/28


[467] Comparative design, New Law Courts, c September 1826


Elevation and plan of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south (indiacted in wash), with variant Gothic scheme, not as executed, contrasted with Palladian scheme (in wash) with curved corners and offices facing New Palace Yard reinstated, unexecuted


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, wash, coloured washes including raw umber and sepia, pen, on laid paper (405 x 285)


Probably Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
probably in the same hand as SM 53/8/21


W Weatherley / 1822


The same right-hand Palladian scheme is shown in elevation in SM 53/8/21. The left-hand Gothic scheme is a variant of that in SM 53/8/27; as here the window and hood mouldings are simplified.



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