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  • image SM 37/3/19

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SM 37/3/19


[36] Survey, Court of Common Pleas, c 1820-23


Plan of the main floor of the Court of Commons Pleas, with adjacent corridor and furnishings, and elevation of the tribunal and west wall, with section through the Court Room and adjacent Judges Robing Room and Record Room


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot


Hall floor / Record Room / Judges Room / Westminster / Hall / Court of Common Pleas / Tribune / Closet / The Judges / Robing Room / The Kings / Coat of Arms dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1820-23
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of raw umber, burnt sienna, pink and green, pen, on laid paper (485 x 300)


Attributed to John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
attributed in accordance with SM 37/3/14


William Weatherley


This is a similar survey to SM 37/3/20, but drawn to a smaller scale and by an accomplished hand. Such surveys appear to relate to the earliest planning of the New Law Courts, where Soane intended to incorporate the existing Court of Common Pleas and its offices, initially as it existed and subsequently with substantial alterations.



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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