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SM 64/5/38v


[303] Alternative design, Court of King's Bench, 1824-25


Plan and elevation of the inner east wall of the Court of King's Bench, showing variant proposals for the lower openings beneath the gallery; the entablature carried on two free-standing Greek Ionic columns (left) and the entablature carried on two antae with a chanelled pier in between (right), neither as executed


line scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1824-25
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of burnt umber and sepia, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (410 x 583)


Soane Office, draughtsman


As finally completed, the lower openings were square headed and the rectangular openings of the upper walls omitted in favour of a solid wall plane (see P281).


Sawyer, 1999: p 636 - 637, footnote 1889



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