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  • image SM 53/3/33

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SM 53/3/33


[386] Presentation drawing, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, before 12 April 1824


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts from the north east, with a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, with octagonal corner turret, not as executed


to a scale


View of the North Front of the New Courts altered agreeably to the directions of the Select Committee on the 12th. April 1824. / Tuesday 13 April. 1824 / omit the lower Windows / make the tower 20 feet / diagonal to shew only / five sides (pencil) Plain / Wall

Signed and dated

  • before 12 April 1824
    J[ohn] S[oane].
    dated in accordance with other drawings in this group

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of sepia and Payne's grey, on wove paper (562 x 451)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


In this drawing the fenestration of the corner tower was altered in execution, prior to the drawing's submission to the Select Committee on 12 April 1824. Additional pencil sketches appear to reflect the course of discussion at the latter; the lower windows are struck through, and buttresses with off-sets placed between the bays of the Court of King's Bench façade to New Palace Yard. The height of the corner tower has also been raised.


Wedgwood, 1992: p. 36, fig. 10; illustrated on p. 35



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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