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image SM 53/2/78

Reference number

SM 53/2/78


[182] Revised design, New Law Courts, late October 1822


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area between Westminster Hall and The Stone Building, including the Vice Chancellor’s Court, The Court of Chancery, and accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, almost as executed


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Scale of Feet. / The Vice-Chancellor’s Court / the Court of Chancery. / The Retiring Room / for / The Lord Chancellor / Entrance into the Court of Chancery dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 01-10-1822 - 31/10/1822
    Oct[obe]r: 1822
    dated in accordance with drawing SM 53/2/73

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (918 x 612)


Soane Office, draughtsman


J Whatman / 1821


As in drawing SM 53/2/73 the passageway at the rear of The Stone Building’s central block was erroneously washed as a light well; this was subsequently erased. The ceilings of Court of Chancery and the Retiring Room are indicated in dashed line. Three additional portals giving access to the Public Corridor from Westminster Hall are shown with prominent Gothic mouldings. That leading to the Vice-Chancellor’s Court is shown with a draught lobby.



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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