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image SM 53/8/33

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SM 53/8/33


[461] Alternative design, New Law Courts, c August-September 1826


Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south; variant Gothic schemes with curved corners and offices facing New Palace Yard reinstated, unexecuted


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c 01/08/1826-30/09/1826
    dated in accordance with SM 53/8/21

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper (474 x 293)


Soane Office, draughtsman


C Ansell / 1818


This elevation reinstates curved corners set between clasping buttresses which terminate below parapet level. The ground-floor windows have four-centered heads with square hoodmoulds, while the prinicpal floor is lit by steeper pointed arches. Variants for tracery are shown in the right-hand windows. The central square turret, rotated through forty-five degrees, does not occur in other versions. The fenestration of the basement level is sketched in pencil.



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