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image SM 53/3/36

Reference number

SM 53/3/36

Purpose

[378] First design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 6 April 1824

Aspect

Elevation of Westminster Hall, and a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, with square corner turret, not as executed

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

No. 4. / View of the North Front of the New Courts to accompany Plan No.2.

Signed and dated

John Soane Arch[itect]. / 6th. April 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of burnt sienna, sepia and Payne's grey, on wove paper (565 x 450)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman

Watermark

Weatherley & Lane / 1818

Notes

A symmetrical range to the north of Westminster Hall, with an arched passageway to Speaker's Court, is sketched in pencil. It appears the lower tier of lancet windows on the King's Bench façade were originally larger, but were ammended during the drawing process.

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Drawing

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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