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image SM 53/3/52

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SM 53/3/52


[411] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 26 May 1824


Plan of Westminster Hall and the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, the Bail Court and adjacent offices, with a new screen wall to New Palace yard (shown in dark pink) and the original footprint of this façade indicated (in dashed line), not as executed


bar scale of 1/20 inch to 1 foot


A Design for the Alteration of the exterior of the Court of King's Bench. / made to meet the ideas of the Select Committee of the House of Commons..

Signed and dated

  • 26/05/1824
    Lincoln's Inn Fields. / May 26th. 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen, within septupal ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (478 x 353)


Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 May 1824 notes that Stephen Burchell was About drawing of the New Courts at Westminster.
Possibly David Alfred Mocatta (1806 - 1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 May 1824 notes that David Mocatta was About drawing a design for the Front of the New Courts of Law.


The proposed new screen wall to the Court of King's Bench façade to New Palace Yard has been erased and redrawn. To the north of Westminster Hall are shown the buildings of the Auditor of the Exchequer and the Duchy Court of Lancaster, and the northern façade of the Speaker's House.



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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