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  • image SM 53/2/34

Reference number

SM 53/2/34


[257] Preliminary revised design, New Law Courts, March 1823


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area bordered by Westminster Hall, New Palace Yard, St Margaret's Street and The Stone Building, with corners of the New Palace Yard façade square, accompanied by an alterantive plan for the ancillary accommodation with curved corners, not as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Design for part of the New Law Courts. / Usher / & / Keeper of the / Court / Bail Court / Rooms over New porch / The Court of / Kings Bench / Entrance from [New] Palace Yard / Robing Room / for the L[or]d. C[hief]. J[ustice]. / Water / Closet (x 2) / [_] / Cl[oset]. / Waiting Room / for the / Attendants / on the / L[ord]. C[hief]. J[ustice]. / Staircase / Entra[nce] / Hall / office of / King's Rem[embrancer] / The Court of / Exchequer / [_] / [_] / Court of / Equity / Keeper of / the Court / The Lord Chief / Barons / robing Room / &c / Attendants / on the / L[ord]. C[hief]. B[aron]. / Entrance / Serjeant / Court / of / C[ommon]. Pleas dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 03/1823
    March 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, within double ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (836 x 648)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office


The drawing has been revised and annotated in Soane's hand, with substantial erasures and redrawing. Some rooms are faintly annotated in pencil. Several ideas expressed by Soane on this drawing appear to have been worked up on drawing SM 53/2/32.



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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