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Reference number

SM 53/3/39


[424] Record 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 battlements, almost as executed


line scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of the Front of the New Courts next New Palace Yard altered / agreeably to the directions of the Select Committee - 6th. May. 1824. / a / a:- This alteration of the / lower windows made agreeably / to a Memorandum made by the / Chairman of the Select Committee / 24 May. 1824. / This drawing was copied from the Drawing received / from the Office of Works. 22d. June. 1824. which had / been approved by the Select Committee and which accompanied / their Report to the House of Commons - by / Stephen Burchell / (flyer) These battlements are of the same dimensions as those in the Towers of Westminster hall and which were submitted / to and approved by Sir Charles Long. 18 Jan[uar]y. 1825. / (red pen) Copy dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 13/05/1824
    John Soane Arch[itec]t. / Lincolns Inn Fields / 13 May. 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, coloured washes including raw umber, burnt umber, Payne's grey and sepia, pricked for transfer on wove paper (642 x 482); flyer (225 x 32)


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 13 May 1825 notes that Stephen Burchell was About drawings of the proposed / alterations at the New / Courts. &c..


A copy of drawing SM 53/3/37.



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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