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image SM 53/1/12

Reference number

SM 53/1/12

Purpose

[1] Record drawing, Palace of Westminster and Law Courts, 7 October 1820

Aspect

Plan of the main (first) floor of the Palace of Westminster, with buildings between the river and the east wall of Westminster Hall shown in perimeter block only, with Westminster Hall and the Law Courts to the west of the latter shown in wash, The Stone Building (in yellow), the Court of Requests and adjoining offices as far as The Painted Chamber

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Second Plan / of Wesminster Hall. / and / The Adjoining Offices. / Garden (x 2) / Clerk of the / House of Commons. / Auditor of the Exchequer / Stables. / House of / Commons / Lobby of the House / of / Commons. / Speaker's Cloister / Westminster Hall. / Room for / Council / Lord / Chancellor's / Room. / Court of Exchequer / yard (x 3) / Court of / Common Pleas. / Common / Pleas Chamber / Custos / Brevium. / Judges / Chamber / Records / Flat over / Footman's Room / Court of Wards / Court / of Elections / Ordnance Office / Kings Bench Treasury

Signed and dated

Copy / at Office of Works 7th. Oct[obe]r 1820

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, yellow wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (745 x 581)

Hand

Probably Edward Foxhall (1793 - 1862), draughtsman

Notes

This drawing, as the inscription makes clear, is a copy of a drawing in the possession of the Office of Works (see SM 36/1/11). The current copy is not as fully worked up as the latter, and the proposed flanking range and pavilion tower for The Stone Building along St Margaret's Street is omitted. The new chamber terminating the truncated Court of Exchequer range is also absent on this drawing.

Edward Foxhall is recorded in the Day Books as working on the Courts at Westminster from 9 - 12 October 1820; the only office pupil recorded as working on this project for this period. It is highly plausible that is drawing is associated with the latter.

Literature

Swayer, 1999: p. 488, footnote 1445

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Drawing

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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