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image SM 53/4/76

Reference number

SM 53/4/76


[358] Working drawing, Court of King's Bench, early 1824


Plan and of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, and adajacent office and corridors, with furnishings shown, almost as originally executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Attendants / Attorneys / Clerks / desk / Flap (x 2) / Jury / Kings Counsell / Seat (x 6) / Seat for Clerks / Students / Tribunall / Scale of Feet dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1824
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, orange and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (498 x 720)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt / 1823


The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. It is to a smaller scale than SM 53/4/76, showing the New Palace Yard façade with curved corners and four giant order columns. Squared corners have been lightly sketched over these areas in pencil. The staircase behind the New Palace Yard façade has been redrawn further west than its original position. A line scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot appears unrelated to this plan.



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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