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  • image SM P281-iv/a; SM P281-iv/b

Reference number

SM P281-iv/a; SM P281-iv/b


[431] Working drawing, Court of King's Bench, c 1824-25


Plan of the main floor of the Court of King's Bench, including the screen façade wall to New Palace Yard, with furnishings, showing preliminary revisions (in pencil), almost as executed


line scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


A / Jury / Kings Counsel dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 1824-25
    dated in accordance with known building capaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, green and pink, pen, on wove paper (original dimensions 544 x 548; SM P281/IV/a 279 x 548; SM P281/IV/b 274 x 544)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


This drawing was discovered behind SM P281 during conservation in 2014. In the inscription A marks the rear of the tiered benches against the east wall of the Court. The pencil revisions to the furnisshings are almost as finally executed (see SM 53/1/28). The coloured washes to demark the seating within the Courts tallies with SM 53/7/3.



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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