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image SM 53/1/24

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SM 53/1/24


[357] Final design, New Law Courts, late 1823 - 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area from the central block of The Stone Building to New Palace Yard, with the Court of King's Bench shown with furnishings, and with a façade to New Palace Yard treated curved corners between set-back buttresses, and the ceilings of the adjoining anciliary rooms and passageway shown (in dashed line), not as executed


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. - / WESTMINSTER HALL. / THE BAIL COURT.

Signed and dated

  • 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (659 x 558)


Soane Office, draughtsman




In the drawing existing walls are shown in dark wash, whereas proposed walls are shown in a lighter tint. The light trenches along the New Law Court's north-western perimeter on St Margaret's Street have been erased and redrawn.



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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