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Reference number

SM 53/3/32


[420] First design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, before 6 May 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts from the north west, with a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, with octagonal corner turret, almost as executed


to a scale


View of a Design for Gothicising the exterior of the Court of Kings Bench agreeably to the directions of a Select / Committee of the House of Commons, appointed on the 23.rd March 1824._.

Signed and dated

  • 1824
    dated in accordance with other drawings in this group

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of sepia and Payne's grey, on wove paper (537 x 449)


Soane Office


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


The fenestration of the corner tower was altered in execution, and the linking range with Westminster Hall may not have been in the form shown here. The lancet windows in the corner turret agree with the reivisions to the design proposed by the Select Committee on 6 May 1824.



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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