- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The adoption of curved corners for the design of the Law Court’s north façade to New Palace Yard, without subsequent articulation, was occasionally returned to with a notion to create a symmetrical building on the east side of Westminster Hall. The latter would house the displaced records of the various Courts, accommodated in Westminster Hall, and the Duchy Court of Lancaster, which had long been established on this site. Such ideas would ultimately be explored again in his ‘Last Word Scheme’ of 1828-29.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).
Contents of Symmetrical Palladian; round corners, 1823-24 (2)
-  Alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 1823
-  Record drawing, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, 22 March 1824