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  • image SM 53/2/69

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SM 53/2/69


[185] Finished drawing, New Law Courts, 26 November 1822


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area between Westminster Hall, the eastern range of The Stone Building and the central block of the latter, including the Vice-Chancellor's Court, the Court of Chancery, with a plan of its gallery and the accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, not as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design for part of the New Courts at Westminster. / Scale of Feet. / The Vice-Chancellor's Court / Attendants on the / Vice-Chancellor. / Retiring Room for / the Vice Chancellor / The Court of Chancery. / The Retiring Room / for the Vice-Chancellor. / Attendants on the Lord Chancellor / (pencil) Keeper to / the Court dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26/11/1822
    26th Nov[embe]r. / 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (729 x 522)


Possibly Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 November 1822 notes that David Mocatta was Drawing plan of the new Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 November 1822 notes that Charles Papendiek was Drawing plan of the new Courts at Westminster.


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


The corridor running along the south side of the Lord Chancellor's accommodation was not built with the open colonnade shown here, and the passage turned through a curved corner in the room labelled "Keeper of the Court", at the lower right of this plan.



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