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Reference number

SM 53/3/50

Purpose

[391] Final design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 30 April 1824

Aspect

Plan of Westminster Hall and the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, with affixed strip showing the final revised form of the 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

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,- 13th. April 1824. / (strip) Plan of the New Courts at Westminster altered agreeably / to the directions of the Select Committee .. 5th May 1824. / Scale of Feet / 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 - dimensions given

Signed and dated

30th. April. 1824.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, grey pen, within quinqupal ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (657 x 493)

Hand

Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 30 April 1824 notes that Stephen Burchell was Copying drawings of the / New Courts to a reduced / scale.
Probably Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 30 April 1824 notes that Charles Richardson was Copying drawings of the / New Courts to a reduced / scale.

Notes

The affixed strip is dated 6th. May 1824 and records the final form of revisions to the New Palace Yard façade as per the instructions of the Select Committee. Beneath the latter, the polygonal tower is shown in the form and position Soane originally designed; not the octagon of 18ft diameter finally executed.

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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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