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  • image SM 53/3/19

Reference number

SM 53/3/19


[493] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench, 22-25 April 1829


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench and adjacent offices, with furnishings, and offices reinstated on the north side to New Palace Yard, unexecuted


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Ground Floor of a Design for enlarging the Court of King's Bench & Gothicising the Exterior, / retaining the various accommodations originally provided by the Architect. / Part of Westminster Hall. / The / Bail Court. / Entracne from Westminster Hall into the Court of Kings Bench / Jury Box / Entrance for the Public / Entrance for the / Barristers &c / Entrance into the / Coffee Rooms &c (x 2) / Room for the Kings Counsel / and Barristers. / Parloir / Entrance for the / Kings Council / New Palace Yard / Water Closet / Waiting room / Vestibule (x 2) / Entrance for the Judges / Waiting Room / for the Judges / Attendants / on the /Judges / Entrance into / the Court of / Kings Bench

Signed and dated

  • 22/04/1829-25/04/1829
    25th.. April 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, buff, pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (497 x 362)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 22 April 1829 notes that Charles Richardson was About Plans of [the] Court / of Kings Bench.


Smith & Allnutt / 1827



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