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  • image SM 37/2/21

Reference number

SM 37/2/21


[130] Record drawing, Court of King's Bench, c 1822-24


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, with furnishings, as temporarily accommodated in Westminster Sessions House, as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Court of Ki[ing's] Bench at the Sessions House / Entrance for/ the Judges / Entrance for the / King's Counsel / Feet / (pencil) [_] / Court / of Chancery / Court / of King's [Bench] / King's Counsel dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1822-24
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, ochre, pink and green, pen, within single ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (315 x 314)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand (in pencil).
Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing relates to the preliminary design of the same temporary accommodation, shown on SM 89/3/45v. There are pencil studies denoting the comparative extent of the Courts of Chancery and the present Court, as previously accommodated in Westminster Hall.



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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