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SM 53/3/61


[403] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, c April 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the Bail Court and the Court of King's Bench, with ancillary accommodation, unexecuted


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts at Westminster. / Design for the Court of Kings Bench &c. / Part of Westminster Hall. / Bail Court / Tribunal / Water / Closet (x 2) / Entrance from / New Palace / Yard. / Room for the / King's Counsel / &c / Court of Kings Bench dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 04/1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (511 x 567)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt / 1820


The four innermost columns forming the east wall of the Court of King's Bench have been erased and redrawn.


Sawyer, 1999: p 636, footnote 1888



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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