Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [468] Comparative design, New Law Courts, c September 1826


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM 53/8/29

Reference number

SM 53/8/29


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


Elevation and plan of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south (indicated 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, variant of unexecuted scheme


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 sienna, burnt umber and blue, pen, on laid paper (404 x 287)


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


W Weatherley / 1822


The right-hand Palladian scheme closely resembles that shown in perspective in SM 53/8/19. Its details have been simplified; the ballustrades are omitted and the sculpted relief panels over the curved corner windows omitted. The left-hand Gothic scheme returns to more complex window and hood mouldings than those shown in SM 53/8/28. The plan of the Palladian elevation was originally drawn to the same scale, but subsequently erased. This drawing is distinctive and remarkable for the chromatic depth of its washes.



If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).