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SM 53/6/8


[482] Preliminary drawing for publication, Wesminster Hall, New Law Courts & Record Building, 16 December 1828


Elevation of the north end of Westminster Hall with the Court of King's Bench and adjacent offices to the west and a Record Building containing the Duchy Court of Lancaster to the east, unexecuted


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Plate / Plate 5 (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 16/12/1828
    16th. Dec[embe]r. 1828

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia wash, pink pen, on wove paper (456 x 291)


Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 16 December 1828 notes that Charles Richardson was About elevation of the front of / the Law Courts next New Palace / Yard.


This is clearly a preparatory drawing for engraving as Plate 14 of Soane's Brief Statement of Proceedings (London, 1828) and Plate 16 of his Designs for Public and Private Buildings (London, 1828) There are decorative variances between the façades of the Record Building and the Court of King's Bench, which do appear in the engraved plate; most conspicuously the projecting porch of the former. When translated to engraving in the above works, the simpler King's Bench façade was adopted to preserve the design's symmertry.



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