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  • image SM 37/2/28v

Reference number

SM 37/2/28v


[293] Finished drawing, Court of King's Bench, 26 May 1824


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, at the corner of St Margaret's Street and New Palace Yard, covering the Entrance Hall and ancillary accommodation of the Court of King's Bench, with curved corners containing entrances from New Palace Yard, almost as originally executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot



Signed and dated

  • 26/05/1824
    L[incolns]. I[nn]. F[ields]. May 26th. / 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (376 x 518)


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 May 1824 notes that Stephen Burchell was About drawings of the New Courts at Westminster.


The covex steps, shown here in the Entrance Hall of the Court of King's Bench from St Margaret's Street, were not as finally executed. The tribunal and adjacent benches have been lightly sketched in pencil. The sheet has been closely cropped along its top and left edges, thereby leaving only a half-plan of the northern part of the New Law Courts. It is notable that the pedestals for the giant order added to the New Palace Yard façade are not shown here.



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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