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  • image SM 16/7/6

Reference number

SM 16/7/6


[413] Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, after 29 May 1824


Perspective of the exterior of the New Law Courts, viewed from New Palace Yard looking south east, showing Westminster Hall, the Court of King's Bench and its ancillary accommodation, and the linking range to Westminster Hall, rendered in Gothic, with curved corners containing entrances set between buttresses, with the same idiom used for the façade to St Margaret's Street, as far as the junction with The Stone Building's northern flanking range, with distant view of the Royal Entrance to the House of Lords, unexecuted


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • after 29/05/1824
    dated in accordance with drawing SM 53/8/57

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes, pen, on wove paper (unframed dimensions, 1060 x 712)


Gandy, Joseph Michael (1771--1843), draughtsman


not inspected


This drawing is clearly worked up from the alternative Gothic scheme for the Court of King's Bench façade shown in SM 53/8/57. It is also worthy of note that this view records the dormer windows Soane introduced into the roof of Westminster Hall during its restoration of 1819 - 1823.



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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