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image SM 53/2/45

Reference number

SM 53/2/45


[268] Record drawing, Court of Common Pleas, November 1825


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of Common Pleas, and entrance from Westminster Hall and the Public Corridor, with furnishings, and section through the latter, almost as executed


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts. / Plan of the Seats and other Fittings in the Court of Common Pleas. / Judges / Prothonitaries and Secondaries / Reporter's / Witness / Box / Attorneys (x 2) / Commons Pleas / Jury / King's Sergeants / Counsel (x 2) / Public (x 4) / Westminster -- Hall - / (pencil) door (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 01/11/1825 - 30/11/1825
    Nov[embe]r. 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of buff, orange, pink and green pricked for transfer on wove paper (580 x 744)


Soane Office, draughtsman


James Whatman / Turkey Mill / 1821


Closely related to drawing SM 53/2/44. There were minor changes to the layout of the furnishings in execution, and the draught lobby in the Public Corridor, as with those to the other Courts, was omitted or removed soon after installation. Two additional doors have been sketched in between the Counsel's benches and the public benches in the body of the Court.



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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