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SM 53/8/40


[409] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 25 May 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts, the New Palace Yard façade from the north west looking south east, with Gothic Records building to the east of Westminster Hall, unexecuted


to a scale


No. 24 (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 24/04/1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of sepia and Payne's grey, within single ruled border on laid paper (582 x 482)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The New Law Court's elevation to St Margaret's Street is shown compared to other variant schemes. The façade to New Palace Yard is of three bays with square corners and no attic. The fenestration is rectangular, with circular-headed niches between the ground floor windows, and recessed panels over those of the first floor. The variant is insipid and bereft of invention.

The proposed Record Building is notably, by contrast to the majority of the variant schemes, shown as Gothic. It is crenelated with projecing corners and an arched entrance to New Palace Yard.



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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