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  • image SM 53/6/5

Reference number

SM 53/6/5


[495] Alternative design, New Law Courts and Record Building, 3 August 1829


Elevation of Record Building, Westminster Hall and proposed Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench from New Palace Yard, looking south, unexecuted


line scale of 1/16 inch to 1 foot


View of a Design for Gothicising the exterior of the Court of Kings Bench, and for a corresponding building / eastward of Westminster Hall to contain the Duchy Court of Lancaster &c. -

Signed and dated

  • 03/08/1829
    3rd. Aug[u]st. 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of sepia, Payne's grey and burnt sienna, within single ruled border on laid paper (470 x 283)


Attributed to George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
attributed on *[standard phrasing]* SM 53/6/7.


W Weatherley


The erasures to the façades of the Duchy Court of Lancaster and the Court of King's Bench suggest that these complimentary designs have been transposed.



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