Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [427] Duplicate alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 10 July 1824


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM 53/3/49

Reference number

SM 53/3/49


[427] Duplicate alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 10 July 1824


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


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the New Courts at Westminster, altered agreeably to / the directions of the Select Committee. 6th. May 1824. / John Soane Arch[itect] / Lincolns Inn Fields / 13th May. 1824 / Scale of Feet / (This Plan was copied from the Plan received from the Office of Works / 22 June 1824 by C.[harles] J[ames]. Richardson) / Appendix to Report / from 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 / Copy dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10/07/1824
    10 July 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 484)


Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
signed by Charles Richardson


J Whatman / 1822


This is a copy of SM 53/3/48, more denselycoloured washes than the latter. There are pencil sketches to the corridor and semi-circular staircase leading from Westminster Hall to the Court of King's Bench.



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.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).