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image SM 53/2/71

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SM 53/2/71


[184] Revised design, New Law Courts, 8 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, and the accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, not as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Part of the plan of the New Courts / at Westminster / Scale of Feet / Vice-Chancellor's Court / Attendants on the / Vice-Chancellor / The Vice-Chancellor's / Retiring Room. / The Court of Chancery / The Lord Chancellor's / Robing Room. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor / Barrister's Room / Court of Chancery / Masters in / Chancery / door / A / B / C / E (x 2) / F (x 2) / H (x 2) / K (x 8) / Water / Clos[et] (x 5) / A. flue of this Chimney / carried to B / C. Flue of this chimney / carried to D / this flue carried to [_] / K. All these [_] / are to be 5: 6 above / the floor of West[minster]. / Hall. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 08/11/1822
    L[inclons]. I[nn]. Fields 8th: Nov[embe]r. / 1822_

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (730 x 523)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing has been annotated in Soane's hand.
Possibly Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 8 November 1822 notes that Arthur Mee was About drawings of the New Courts at Westminster.
Possibly David Alfred Mocatta (1806 - 1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 8 November 1822 notes that David Mocatta was About drawings of the New Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 8 November 1822 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings of the New Courts at Westminster.


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


The revisions to this drawing focus upon the arrangements of flues within this part of the New Law Courts. As in drawing SM 53/2/69, 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. The ceilings of the Vice Chancellor's accommodation and the divisions of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room are also shown.



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