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image SM 53/3/48

Reference number

SM 53/3/48

Purpose

[422] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 13 May 1824

Aspect

Plan of Westminster Hall and the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the revised Gothic screen wall and octagonal turet to the New Palace Yard façade (in dark pink) with the previous façade and offices indicated (in grey), as executed

Scale

bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Plan of the New Courts at Westminster, altered agreeably to / the directions of the Select Committee. 6th. May 1824. / Scale of Feet / Appendix to Report / from the Select Committee / on Public Buildings at Westminster / 14 May 1824. / PART-OF- / WESTMINSTER-HALL- / -THE-COVRT-OF-COMMON-PLEAS. / -THE-IVDGES- / RETIRING-ROOM- / -AREA- (x 3) /-STAIR-CASE- (x 2) / CORRIDOR- / -THE-COVRT-OF-EXCHEQUER. / -THE-LORD-CHIEF- / BARON’S-RETIRING- / -ROOM- / ATTENDANTS-ON / THE-LORD-CHIEF-BARON. / THE-KING’S / REMEMBRANCERS. / -HALL- / THE-COVRT-OF-EQUITY / -THE-BAIL-COVRT- / THE-COVRT-OF-KING’S-BENCH- / ATTENDANTS-ON- / THE-LORD-CHIEF- / -IVSTICE- / THE-LORD-CHIEF-IVSTICE’S / RETIRING-ROOM- / (red pen) In No: 3076 dimensions given

Signed and dated

John Soane Arch[itec]t / Lincolns Inn Fields / 13th May. 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, grey, pen, within septupal ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (641 x 482)

Hand

Probably David Alfred Mocatta (1806 - 1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 13 May 1824 notes that David Mocatta was About drawings of the proposed alterations at the New Courts.
Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 13 May 1824 notes that Stephen Burchell was About drawings of the proposed alterations at the New Courts.

Verso

Office of Works stamp

Watermark

J Whatman / 1822

Notes

The entrance arch to the Court of Exchequer from Westminster Hall and the window in the east wall of the new screen wall to New Palace Yard have been erased and redrawn. The shadowed sans serif capitalised labelling is distinctive.

Literature

Wedgwood, 1992: p. 36, fig. 6; illustrated on p. 34

Level

Drawing

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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