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,- 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)
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.
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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