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image SM 53/8/66

Reference number

SM 53/8/66


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


Elevation of Westminster Hall with a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench and a corresponding Record Building, unexecuted


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 01/04/1824 - 15/04/1824
    dated in accordance with SM 53/8/58

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of sepia, burnt sienna and Payne's grey, within single ruled border on wove paper (590 x 415)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


For this proposal, the vantage point is taken from the eastern side of New Palace Yard. The elevations most closely relate to that shown for the Court of King's Bench in SM 53/8/52 and SM 53/8/58. The large arches in the Record Building's façade would have given access to St Stephen's Court, immediately behind the proposed range, on the south side of which stood the Speaker's House.


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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