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image SM 37/3/23

Reference number

SM 37/3/23

Purpose

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

Aspect

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

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Feet. (pencil) Guildhall Westminster - / as fitted up for King's Bench Court / The Jury Box.- the Seats / are set back to the wall / to admit a passage in part / as on the other side / door / seat (x 2) / King's Counsel / Students / Box / Jury Box dimensions given

Signed and dated

dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of ochre, pink and green, pen, within single ruled border pricked for transfer on wove paper (303 x 305)

Hand

Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman

Notes

The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. An almost identical plan to that shown in SM 37/3/21, save the final tiers of curved seats are here indicated in pencil; evidently an afterthought to expand accommodation while the Court of King's Bench was temporarily located in Westminster Sessions House. Further revisions are noted in the right margin.

Literature

Sawyer, 1999: p. 496, footnote 1462

Level

Drawing

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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