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SM 53/8/56


[377] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, c early April 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts from the north west, Gothicized variant with a Record building added to the east of Westminster Hall, unexecuted


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c 04/1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, sepia wash, pen, within partial single border on wove paper (583 x 395)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The drawing appears unrelated to any other Gothicising scheme, in that the New Law Court’s northern extent is taken back to the penultimate northern bay of Westminster Hall. Such a proposal would have necessitated the total demolition of the Court of King’s Bench and most of the Bail Court. The corner tower shown here would therefore be that of the return wing of the Stone Building, tricked out with polygonal corner turrets and Gothic windows. The idiom adopted, with large six-light windows to the ground floor set in recessed arches with quatrefoil friezes beneath, appears closer to the manner of James Wyatt than to Soane.



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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