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SM 53/8/3


[151] Record drawing or preparatory drawing for publication, New Law Courts, 1823 (?)


Exterior perspective of the exterior of the New Law Courts and Westminster Hall from the corner of St Margaret's Street and new Palace Yard, looking south east, unexecuted


scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


View of the Front next S[ain]t Margaret Street and New Palace Yard / of the New Law Courts at Westminster agreeably to the 1st. Design. -

Signed and dated

  • 1823 (?)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, within ruled border on wove paper (545 x 359)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Weatherley & Lane


The same view was subsequently engraced as Plate Xc in Soane's Public and Prviate Buildings, making it likely that this drawing was prepared in the context of that publication. In the inscription the date 1823 may relate to the chronology of the proposal shown, and not of the drawing's execution. However, this proposal had already been superceded by that year, which may imply a retrospective error.



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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