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  • image SM 53/2/31

Reference number

SM 53/2/31


[438] Record drawing, New Law Courts, 1826


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Courts, with the façade to New Palace Yard revised according to the directions of the Select Committee (shown in deep pink), and the internal arrangements reconfigured accordingly, as executed


to a scale


Plan of part of the New Law Courts at Westminster _ / The Bail Court. / WC (x 3) / Baron's Clerks. / The Court of Exchequer / Tribunal / The Court of Common Pleas. / Tribunal / The Judges Retiring / Room / Court. / Keeper / The Court of Kings Bench. / Tribunal. / The Court of Equity. / The Judges Retiring Room / (Court of Excheuqer.) / The Retiring Room / for the Judges. / Water Closet &c / Staircase (x 2) / Judges Clerks / Room. / Hall / Passage / The King's Rembrancer / Masters in Equity. / Serjeant's Room / Judges Clerks Rooms

Signed and dated

  • 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (767 x 642)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt / 1820


The sheet has been closely cropped on all sides except its lower edge, and extended with an affixed strip (254mm x 642mm) along its right edge.



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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