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image SM 53/8/31

Reference number

SM 53/8/31

Purpose

[472] Comparative design, New Law Courts, August 1826

Aspect

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

Scale

bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Sketches of Designs for the Front of the Court of Kings Bench &c. / next New Palace Yard. - / A / B

Signed and dated

Aug[u]st. 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including, burnt sienna, sepia and blue, pen, on laid paper (405 x 283)

Hand

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

Watermark

C Ansell / 1818

Notes

In this drawing both alternatives elveations employ curved corners. The left-hand Gothic closely paraphrases the arrangements of the right-hand Palladian treatment, shown in perspective in SM 53/8/20, by substituting the giant Corinthian order for angle butresses with crenelated caps. However, the square windows set into the main architrave are omitted in the Gothic elevation, as are the couchant lions, here sketched in but not washed.

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