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  • image SM 53/4/74

Reference number

SM 53/4/74


[266] Working drawing, Court of Common Pleas, November 1825


Plan and section of the main (ground) floor of the Court of Common Pleas, and adajacent corridors, with furnishings shown, as executed


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot


Seat (x 3) / Table with a flap / 6 Inches above floor / of Tribune / Acts i - i high / 10 1/2 wide dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/1825
    dated in accordance with drawing SM 53/2/44

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including yellow, orange and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (505 x 590)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt


There is a sketch in pencil for enclosing the south side of the Court with two curved partitions. The steps to the Jury Box on the north side have been drawn on a separate sheet, affixed over a rectangular cut (58 x 48). The furnishings here do not include the additional benches between the Public Corridor and the Court room proper, and the draught lobby to the entrance from Westminster Hall (see drawings SM 53/2/44 - 45).



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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