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SM 53/3/37


[423] Finished drawing, alternative penultimate design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 13 May 1824


Elevation of Westminster Hall (in line), a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, with octagonal corner turret (in coloured washes), with flyer showing variant for ground-floor windows, almost as executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of the Front of the New Law Courts next New Palace Yard, altered / agreeably to the directions of the Select Committee. / Scale of Feet / This alteration of the lower / windows made agreeable to / a Memorandum made by / the Chairman of the Select / Committee. 24th May. 1824 / (red pen) In. No: 3076 / (pencil) Lower windows to be square at the heads

Signed and dated

  • 13/05/1824
    John Soane Arch[itect]. / Lincolns Inn Fields / 13th. May 1824
    The date is probably that of Soane's meeting with the Select Committee, for which this drawing was prepared.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes including raw umber, burnt umber and sepia, within septupal ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (645 x 488); flyer (50 x 82)


Probably George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane (flyer)


The meticulous penmanship and variagated layering of coloured washes are characteristic of Bailey's draughtsmanship. The same type of rueld border occurs on SM 53/3/38. The verso bears the stamp of the Office of Works.

As the inscription makes clear, this drawing was prepared in responce to Soane's meeting with the Select Committee on 6 May 1824. The Day Book entry for 13 May records that George Bailey was preparing documentation for the New Law Courts, but not on drawings per se. As Soane saw the Select Committee on the afternoon of 13 May 1824, this drawing must have been prepared between the latter date and 6 May. The flyer, amending the heads of the turret's windows from pointed to square, was added in response to the Select Committee's meeting of 24 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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