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  • image SM 53/3/43

Reference number

SM 53/3/43


[389] Penultimate design, New Law Courts, 14 April 1824


Elevation of a Gothic façade to the Court of King's Bench, showing the north-west tower of Werstminster Hall with polygonal corner turret, not as executed, with dashed lines indicating the profile of the former Palladian façade, part executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Elevation of a Design for Gothicising the exterior of the New Court of King's Bench at Westminster. / as directed by the Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed 23rd. March 1824._ / A / B / C / D / E / Feet / This Tower lowered 7'.0" and / made an octagon of 18:0 diam[ete]r. / by Order of the Committee. 5th May 1824 / These windows / omitted / Mem[orandum]:- this Window omitted by order / of the Committee. 5th. May. 1824 / This Window / omitted by / order of the Comm[ittee]: / 5 May. 1824. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 14/04/1824
    14th. April. 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, part coloured washes including raw umber, burnt umber, Payne's grey and sepia, within double ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (741 x 537)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing indicates the levels of the previous Palladian façade with dashed lines. The polygonal turret agrees with that shown in the first variant on SM 53/3/43, and revisions to its battlements have been lightly sketched in. One of its lancet windows has been struck through, and the elaborate mouldings and head stops to the windows of the principal floor were simplified in execution (compare SM 53/3/44).



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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