bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot
Elevation of part of the Front of the New Courts, next St. Margaret's Street / altered agreeably to the directions of the Select Committee .. 13th. April 1824. / 13th. Ap[ri]l. 1824 / As altered by the Select Committee. / 6th. May. 1824 / Scale of Feet
Signed and dated
Lincolns Inn Fields / 30th. April. 1824
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, wash, part coloured washes including raw umber, burnt umber and sepia, within septupal ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (741 x 535)
Attributed to Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 30 April 1824 notes that Charles Richardson was Copying drawings of the / New Courts to a reduced / scale.
A similar type of ruled border occurs on SM 53/3/37 and SM 53/3/38. As the inscription makes clear, this drawing was prepared in response to Soane's meetings with the Select Committee on 13 April and 6 May 1824. The original proposal is central to the sheet, showing the corner turret as an irregular octagon with fenestration at three levels of two of its outer faces. A revised propsal (to the right of the latter) shows the turret with a regular footprint, its dimensions reduced and with single lancets in its diagonal sides. This agrees with the elevation to New Palace Yard shown in SM 53/3/41, save for the absence of fleurons beneath the turret's battlements. The washes applied to the two elevations are clearly by different hands.
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