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Reference number

SM 53/2/36

Purpose

[259] Penultimate design, New Law Courts, 11 April 1823

Aspect

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 curved, with the Courts of King's Bench, Equity and Exchequer furnished, and ceilings indicated by dashed line, with a flyer showing the Court of King's Bench unfurnished, and the corners of its vestibule from Westminster Hall diagonal, almost as executed

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Feet. / Part of Westminster. / Bail Court. / Kings Counsel. / Yard. (x 2) / Keeper of the / Court. / Corridor. / The Court of King's Bench. / Tribunal. / The Lord Chief / Justice's Room. / Water Closet. (x 2) / Staircase. / Attendants on the / Lord Chief Justice. / The Court of Exchequer. / Closet. (x 2) / Lobby. / The Court of Equity. / Lord Chief Baron's / Room / Porter's / Closet. / Entrance Hall to the / Court of King's Bench. / The King's / Remembrancer. , Attendants on / the Lord Chief Baron. / .The Court of Common pleas. / Part of the / Vice-Chancellors / Court. / The Lord Chief / Justice's Room. / Recess. / Court Yard. / Serjeant's Room. / Judge's Clerk. / (flyer) The Court of King's Bench / Retiring Room / for the Judges. / W.C. &c / Judges Clerks / Room. dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields / April. 11th. 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, within double ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (971 x 643); flyer (335 x 402)

Hand

Possibly George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 11 April 1823 notes that George Bailey was About plans of the new Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 11 April 1823 notes that Charles Papendiek was About plans of the new Courts at Westminster.

Notes

The flyer appears to show the arrangements of ancillary spaces at the upper (or gallery) level of the Court of King's Bench. The latter Court room has four columns in antis at its corners. The Court of Exchequer is shown with an eliptical opening over it.

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Drawing

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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