bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot
Lobby to the / Court of / King’s Bench. / Bail Court. / Tribunal / Court of Exchequer / Staircase. (x 3) / Court Keeper. / Area. / Court of King’s Bench. / Centre / Lord Chief Justice’s / Retiring Room / Door. (x 2) / Attendants on / the Lord Chief / Justice. / Water / Closet. (x 2) / Court of Equity. / Hall / The King’s Remembrancer. / Attendants on / the Lord Chief / Baron. / The Lord Chief Baron’s / Retiring Room. / Court. / (pencil) Lead Flat (x 11) dimensions given
Signed and dated
15th. July. 1823
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, red pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (884 x 637)
Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 15 July 1823 notes that George Bailey was About Plans of the New Courts at Westminster.
There are numerous erasures and redrawn details, especially for the ancillary spaces around the Court of King's Bench. The ceiling of the latter is shown as a dome with an oculus; the ceilings of the Lord Chief Justice's Retiring Room and the Court of Common Pleas (unlabeled) are likewise indicated. Various skylights have been sketched in pencil and the treads of several stairs have been numbered.
Sawyer, 1999: p. 575, footnote 1698
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