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image SM 53/3/41

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SM 53/3/41


[421] Revised design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 6 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), almost as executed


bar 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. / 5th. May. 1824 / altered 6th. May / Scale of Feet dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 06/05/1824
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 6th. May 1824

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 (743 x 533)


Probably George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 6 April 1824 ntoes that George Bailey was about Drawings and Estimates of the New Courts, copying papers realting thereto &c.


The meticulous penmanship and variagated layering of coloured washes are characteristic of Bailey's draughtsmanship. A similar type of ruled border occurs in SM 53/3/37 and SM 53/3/38. As the inscription makes clear, this drawing was prepared in responce to Soane's meeting with the Select Committee on 5 May 1824. Two windows in the linking range to Westminster Hall have been erased during the drawing process, and two of the lancet windows in the corner turet have been struck through.

There are also numerous dashed lines indicating the levels of the original Palladian façade to New Palace Yard, and one noting the difference between the height of the corner turret and the northern towers of Westminster Hall as seven feet.



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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