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Reference number

SM 53/8/67

Purpose

[390] Final design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 15 April 1824

Aspect

Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts from the north east, with a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, with octagonal corner turret, almost as executed

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

No 22 (x 2)

Signed and dated

15/4/[18]24

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of sepia and Payne's grey, within single border on wove paper (581 x 458)

Hand

Possibly Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 15 April 1824 notes that George Bailey, Stephen Burchell and David Mocatta were About drawing of the New Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 15 April 1824 notes that George Bailey, Stephen Burchell and David Mocatta were About drawing of the New Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 15 April 1824 notes that George Bailey, Stephen Burchell and David Mocatta were About drawing of the New Courts at Westminster.

Watermark

Weatherley & Lane / 1818

Notes

This design closely accords with the final form of the Gothic façade executed at the behest of the Commons Select Committee. Soane attended meetings with the latter on 12 - 13 April; these appear to have provided the genesis of this variant, which incorporates an octagonal corner tower, echoing the stair turret of the Elizabethan Exchequer building. Its fenestration was simplified in execution. The linking range to the east of Westminster Hall implies that Soane was still considering a matching Record Building in this location.

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Drawing

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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