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Reference number

SM 53/6/11


[352] Record drawing, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 22 March 1824


Elevation 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 New Palace Yard looking south, part executed


to a scale


View from New Palace Yard, of the Court of King's Bench as first executed, with a corresponding building / eastward of Westminster Hall to contain the Records of the Exchequer &c &c.

Signed and dated

  • 22/03/1824
    22d March 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw umber, sepia and blue, within single ruled border on wove paper (573 x 438)


Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 22 March 1824 notes that George Bailey was working About drawings for the New Courts.


Sketch of a Record Building or Court of King's Bench with the north façade of Westminster Hall on either side.


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The same variant is shown in perspective on SM 53/6/10. The view is framed by the Thames on the left and Garden Square on the right. The heights of the ballustraded parapets on both proposed buildings has been lowered as the erasures indicate.


Sawyer, 1999: p. 592; fig. 443



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