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SM 53/1/25


[165] Record drawing, New Law Courts, 1824


Plan of the first floor of the New Law Courts, from New Palace Yard to the rear of the Stone Building, recording the skylights for anciliary accommodation and circulation spaces, as originally executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


General Plan of the New Law Courts at Westminster, on the level of the One Pair Floor. / (as designed) / Westminster Hall. / Room for / Solicitors, / Clients &c. / Upper part / of the / Bail Court. / Area. (x 6) / Upper part of the / Court of Kings Bench. / curtain (x 9) / Staircase / Law Library &c. / Counsel. / Upper part of the / Court of Exchequer. / Upper part of the / Court of Equity. / Retiring Room / for Jury. / Prison / Room. / Secondaries / Upper Part of the / Court of Common Pleas / Court Keeper / Court of Common Pleas / Upper part of the / Vice Chancellors Court. / Upper part of the / Court of Chancery.

Signed and dated

  • 01/01/1824 - 31/12/1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including buff, pink, ochre and blue and pen within quadruple ruled wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (621 x 445)


Soane Office


Rough plans and elevation in pencil, perhaps for a skylight.


J Whatman / 1822


There are substantial erasures and redrawing for the Court of King's Bench and its adjacent accommodation. The lead roofs beneath this level are indicated in a dark blue; the skylights themselves washed in a grey-blue, and the raised coping between the roofs in buff. The curtains recorded here were intended to be hung as shown in drawings SM Vol 61/48 and SM Vol 61/49.



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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