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SM 53/6/14


[410] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, c 25 May 1824


Perpectival plan of Westminster Hall and the Speaker's House, with a plan of the façade of the Court of King's Bench to New Palace Yard. Above, an exterior perspective of Westminster Hall and the New Law Courts with a Palladian façade to the Court of King's Bench, looking south west, unexecuted


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Cloister / Speaker's House

Signed and dated

  • c 25/05/1824
    dated in accordance with drawing SM 53/8/68

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of pink, sepia and Payne's grey, within single ruled border on wove paper (549 x 431)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


This drawing is notable as a demonstration of Soane's Office practice for setting out a perspective view by orthogonal projection. It is also topographically evocative in showing Garden Square, the tower of St Margaret's and Westminster Abbey; a companion piece for SM 53/8/59, which shows a Gothic variant for the exterior of the Court of King's Bench. As shown here, the latter agrees with the variant shown in elevation in SM 53/8/38, with a two-storey linking range connecting with Westminster Hall. As with SM 53/8/59, this drawing proposes to demolish all buildings to the east of Westminster Hall, thereby opening up St Stephen's Court and the Speaker's House (shown on the far left) to New Palace Yard. The latter was created out of the apartments belonging to the Auditor of the Exchequer by James Wyatt in 1793.

There are faint pencil sketch of an applied order and entablatures in the lower right.



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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