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  • image SM 53/6/9

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SM 53/6/9


[483] Proof engraving, Wesminster Hall, New Law Courts and Record Building, before 27 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


to a scale


TO HIS MAJESTY, THE PATRON OF THE FINE ARTS, THIS PLATE IS INSCRIBED BY JOHN SOANE _ THE ARCHITECT. / John Soane Arc[hitec]t. / Plate 5. / No. 5./5. / No 4. Plan to accompany the Perspective View of the Exterior for / Design for providing the Additional accommodation required for the Court / of King's Bench together with a building corresponding therewith on the East Side of / Westminster Hall to contain the Duchy Court of Lancaster, the Exchequer & Record offices &c.

Signed and dated

  • before 27/12/1828
    dated in accordance with corresponding Day Book entry

Medium and dimensions

Engraving, on wove paper (462 x 270)


Attributed to CONEY, John (1786-1833), engraver
The Day Book entry for 27 December 1828 notes that Mr Soane / Paid Mr Coney - £19:3:0.


J Whatman / 1828


This plate is distinct from those which appear as Plate 14 in Soane's Brief Statement of Proceedings (London, 1828) and as Plate 16 in his Designs for Public and Private Buildings (London, 1828). Though simplified in execution, the twin porches to the Court of King's Bench and Record Building, as well as other minor details, are absent from the above plates.



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