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  • image SM 53/8/43

Reference number

SM 53/8/43


[418] Alternative design, New Law Courts, 14 June 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts, the New Palace Yard façade with corners articulated by a giant Corithian order, from the north west looking south east, unexecuted


to a scale


No. 12 (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 14/06/1824
    14th. June 1824 -

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including sepia, raw umber and Payne's grey, on wove paper (538 x 448)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The façade to New Palace Yard is of seven bays with projecting corners and fenestration alternating between rectangular openings and Venetian windows. The elevation follows the Palladian variant given in SM 53/8/27 and SM 53/8/30, with its corners articulated by giant Corithian square pillasters, which support a projecting entablature ornamented with festoons and couchant royal supporters. The sculpted Royal Arms over the corner windows are omited, but the figures standing on the domed caps are included. Two square windows beneath the main architrave have been erased. The linking range to Westminster Hall is Gothic, closely echoing the latter's north façade.

This vantagepoint is taken from the junction of St Margaret's Street with Bridge Street, showing Garden Sqaure on the right and buildings on the north side of New Palace Yard on the left. Combined with the builders' detritus in the foreground, this is one of the more compelling perspective views. Closing in the compositions sides has also avoided showing the north façade of Westminster Hall.



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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