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image SM 53/8/69

Reference number

SM 53/8/69

Purpose

[481] First design, Court of King's Bench, 15 December 1828

Aspect

Elevation of Westminster Hall and the Court of King's Bench, showing the New Palace Yard façade, Gothic variant with narrow corner towers, unexecuted

Scale

bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Elevation of a Design for the North Front of the Court of King's Bench at Westminster

Signed and dated

15th. Dec[embe]r. 1828.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including, sepia, burnt sienna and Payne's grey, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (525 x 360)

Hand

Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 15 December 1828 notes that Charles Richardson was About Elevation for Mr Coney of / the New Law Courts next / New Palace Yard.

Verso

see separate entry from SM 53/8/69v

Watermark

Smith & Allnutt / 1827

Notes

The drawing may have been a preparatory study for SM P264, which it agrees with in the general form of the elevations. In the latter, the entrances on the towers are substituted with windows, and the arch in the linking range with Westminster Hall is larger, lacks the panelled frieze above it, and leads onto a vaulted vestibule. The projecting entrance for the King's Counsel, at the centre of the King's Bench façade, is shown without the level of panelling, which in SM P264 brings it to the level of the stringcourse. The fenestration of the corner towers is also simplified in the latter.

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