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image SM 53/8/49

Reference number

SM 53/8/49

Purpose

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

Aspect

Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south, with section and plan of the ground (main) floor. Gothic scheme with curved corners and offices facing New Palace Yard reinstated, unexecuted

Scale

bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

No. 1 / Westm[inste]r Hall / Court of K[ing's] B[ench] / Judges R[oom] / Lobby / Counsel / Jury in Waiting dimensions given

Signed and dated

dated in accordance with SM 53/8/21

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including pink, blue and sepia, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (475 x 294)

Hand

Possibly Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
perhaps in the same hand as SM 53/8/21

Verso

Rough section through the Court of King's Bench and elevation of Westminster Hall.

Watermark

C Ansell / 1818

Notes

The elevation is a simplified variant of ideas explored in SM 53/8/33. The central turret is omitted and the fenestration is without tracery, but with hoodmolds over the primary windows. An alternating rhythm of large and small windows is introduced to the principal storey, paraphrasing the majority of Palladian variants. Both lobbies on the plan have been shaded over by squares of sepia wash.

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