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  • image SM 53/8/48v

Reference number

SM 53/8/48v


[299] Preliminary design, Court of King's Bench, c June 1823


Plan and elevation of the Court of King's Bench and linking range to Westminster Hall, from the north looking south, with plan of the main floor, as part executed


to a scale


A / 7 balusters dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 06/1823
    dated in accordance with SM 52/3/37 - 39

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (633 x 457)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The linking range to Westminster Hall is shown here with a monumental treatment, with a pseudo-Serliana set between a pair of round-headed niches to light the main (first) floor, and the attic level above not recessed. It clearly correspods to the Court of King's Bench façade facing New Palace Yard. The more subdued executed design is shown in SM 53/8/47.



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