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Reference number

SM 53/8/38


[417] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 2 June 1824


Elevation of the Court of King's Bench and Westminster Hall with plan, unexecuted


bar scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot


No. 14 (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 02/06/1824
    9/4/[18]24 / 2/6/[18]24

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw sienna, sepia and pink, pen, within single ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (586 x 481)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Exterior perspective of the Royal Entrance to the House of Lords.


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The Court of King's Bench elevation is of five-bays with a recessed attic storey. The fenestration is uniformly square-headed, which has been erased and redrawn. The plan indicates the original position of the Court's north wall, and the presence of a corridor immediately behind this façade. A proposed Record building to the east of Westminster Hall has been wholly erased.



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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