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Reference number

SM 53/3/44


[429] Record drawing, final design, New Law Courts, after May 1824


Plan of the Court of King's Bench and adjacent offices, with Gothic screen wall and corner turet to New Palace Yard (the former Palladian façade shown in grey), and corresponding elevation above, with internal floor levels indicated in pink, and flyer showing variant for larger scale of battlements, as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan and Elevation of the Exterior of the Court of King's Bench at Westminster as Altered in May 1824 agreeably to an Order / of A Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed 23rd March 1824.. /The Court of King's Bench / Outline of Rooms pulled down dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • after May 1824
    dated in accordance with known design campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown and grey pen, coloured washes of pink, raw umber, burnt umber and sepia, pricked for transfer on wove paper (603 x 681); flyer (477 x 79)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The sheet has been extended on its left edge with an affixed strip (83mm x 681mm). The mouldings to the upper window's soffits are larger and simplified in comparisson to those shown in SM 53/3/43. Additional windows to the Gothic façade are lightly sketched in pencil.



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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