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Sketch of a Design for the Alteration of the New Law Courts, made to meet / the ideas of A Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed 23rd. March 1824. / Scale of Feet / Court of Equity / Court of King's Bench / Court of Exchequer. / Bail Court.
Signed and dated
11th. April / 1824
Medium and dimensions
Pen, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pricked for transfer on wove paper (288 x 340)
Soane Office, draughtsman
This is a simple alternative proposal to that shown on SM 53/3/53 for radically reducing the footprint of the New Law Courts towards New Palace Yard. Here, the Court of Equity is repositioned between Westminster Hall and the Court of Exchequer. The entrance within the pavilion tower from St Margaret's Street is also preserved unaltered, and the square tower at the north-west perrimeter of the site is larger than that shown in SM 53/3/53. This solution is worked up in SM 53/3/51.
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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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