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  • image SM 53/6/10

Reference number

SM 53/6/10


[351] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 1823


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts, with the Court of King's Bench with curved corners, and a corresponding Record Building to the east of Westminster Hall, from the north west looking south east, part executed


line scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot line scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


View of the Fronts next New Palace Yard & S[ain]t. Margaret's Street / of the New Law Courts at Westminster as originally designed & in part executed, with a corresponding / building on the Eastside of Westminster Hall to contain the Records, the Duchy Court of Lancaster &c. -

Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pen, within single ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (546 x 385)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane


The same variant is shown in elevation on SM 53/6/11. Despite the inclusion of two line scales neither seems to be relevant to the drawing as it is perspectival, though they may relate to the setting out a perspective view from plans and elevations.



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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