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  • image SM 53/8/70v

Reference number

SM 53/8/70v


[355] Preliminary design, Court of King's Bench, c 1823


Plans of parts of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench and anciliary offices, to different scales, as part executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper (574 x 481)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt / 1823


The lower plan of the main (ground) floor clearly incorporates the proposed giant order on the exterior corners. The upper plan of the first (gallery) floor shows the staircase in its original position adjacent to the Court of King's Bench, not in the penultimate western bay of the New Palace Yard façade as constructed (see SM 53/2/27).



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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