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SM 53/8/50


[473] Revised design, New Law Courts, c August-September 1826


Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south, Gothic scheme with turreted curved corners and offices facing New Palace Yard reinstated, unexecuted


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Signed and dated

  • c 01/08/1826-30/09/1826
    dated in accordance with SM 53/8/21

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including raw umber, sepia and Payne's grey, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (458 x 273)


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


W Weatherley


In this drawing, the battlements have been erased and redrawn with more crenelles and the corner turrets project above them with crenelated caps. The secondary windows of the principal floor have been drawn and washed in with only loose penwork, as have the corners, suggesting the final form of these components had not been set upon. The linking range derives its elevation directly from Westminster Hall, with traceried openings set within the ground-floor niches.



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