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image SM 53/8/52

Reference number

SM 53/8/52


[450] Alternative design, New Law Courts, c September 1826


Elevation of the north façade of the Court of King's Bench looking south, variant Gothic scheme, unexecuted


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c 09/1826
    dated in accordance with SM 53/8/21

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pricked for transfer on laid paper (401 x 283)


Soane Office, draughtsman


W Weatherley / 1822


This design omits to indicate how the elevation will terminate on the corner of St Margaret's Street with New Palace Yard. It furthermore lacks any projection into the latter, and its fenestration is an unvariegated three tiers of rectangular mullioned windows under hoodmolds. That the drawing remained not worked up with wash and pen implies this solution was not deemed a success. An exterior perspective is shown in SM 53/8/58.


Sawyer, 1999: p 607; footnote 1795



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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