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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
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).
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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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