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SM 53/6/13


[407] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 22 May 1824


Elevation of the New Law Courts, with the Court of King's Bench refaced in Gothic with corner turrets, and a corresponding Record Building to the east of Westminster Hall, from New Palace Yard looking south, unexecuted


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View of a Design for Gothicising the exterior of the Court of King's Bench, and for a / corresponding Building eastward of Westminster Hall to contain the Records of the Exchequer &c.

Signed and dated

  • 22/05/1824
    22d. May 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw sienna, Payne's grey and sepia, pen, on wove paper (537 x 438)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


This appears to be an ornamented variant on the proposal shown in SM 53/8/59. Here, the corner turrets are retained, but a recessed attic storey serves to unify the façades' profiles. Niches have been introduced between the first-floor windows; both areas show erasures and revisions. An engaged arcade of Tudor arches was also tried on the ground floor, but subsequently erased. The appearance recalls something of Tom Quad at Christ Church, Oxford.



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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