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SM 53/3/25


[353] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench, 1824


Plan of the first floor of the Court of King's Bench and adjacent offices, with furnishings, and alternative plan of the west wall to St Margaret's Street, as originally executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts at Westminster. / Plan of the Rooms on the First Floor connected with the Court of King's Bench / as originally designed. -

Signed and dated

  • 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, yellow wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (529 x 360)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Section through a building with a pitched roof, with a bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot, and rough elevation.


This drawing records the provisions of benches for barristers and their clients which Soane intended to be accommodated immediately adjacent to the Court. The New Palace Yard façade is shown with projecting corners, given extra visual strength by engaged pilasters; the latter introduced by Soane as a penultimate revision prior to adopting disengaged columns. This plan corresponds with the elevation shown on SM 53/8/25.



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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