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  • image SM 53/3/47

Reference number

SM 53/3/47


[435] Presentation drawing, alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, before 18 January 1825


Elevation of the linking range between the Court of King's Bench and Westminster Hall, showing the former with four crenelles at its upper level and five at its lower, with the north-west tower of the Hall, unexecuted


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts.- / No.. 2.. Submitted to Sir Charles Long at the Army pay Office / Tuesday Jan[uar]y. 18. 1825. at the same time as the drawing marked No 1. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17/01/1825
    Jan[uar]y. 1825
    dated in accordance with corresponding Day Books entry

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (509 x 714)


Possibly George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 17 January 1825 notes that George Bailey was About Drawings of Church & / Courts.


Smith & Allnutt / 1820


The central crenelle and merlons to the linking range are shown as slightly smaller (4ft and 2ft 6in. respectively) to those on the adjacent towers of Westminster Hall. An alternative proposal (No. 1.) is given in SM 53/3/46. The latter is clearly in the same hand; the draughtsmanship being prefunctory to the point of crude.



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