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  • image SM 53/3/62

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SM 53/3/62


[374] Revised design, New Law Courts, before 5 April 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, with partial groundplan to New Palace Yard shown (in pencil) and proposed reductions in the building's footprint and revisions to ancillary accommodation indicated (in pink), unexecuted


to a scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts. / A. Submitted to the Select / Com[ittee]: 5 Ap[ril]. 1824 / This drawing was made / from the directions given / to me by the Com[mittee]. on / the 25th March aforesaid / to the said Com[ittee] on Monday / the 12 April. 1824 / No. 1 / Bail Court. / Court of King's Bench. / Court of Common Pleas. / Tribunal. / Attendants / on the / Judges. / Retiring Room / for the Judges. / Court Keeper / Court of Exchequer. / Court of Equity. / King's Remembrancer. / Retiring Room / for the Barons. / of the Exchequer. / Attendants. / Serjeants. / Judges Clerks. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • before 05/04/1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (723 x 568)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The proposal as a whole represents a radical compaction of the accommodation and arrangements Soane originally prepared for the northern part of the New Law Courts. There appear to be very faint, indecipherable pencil annotations against the left edge of the sheet.



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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