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  • image SM 53/3/45

Reference number

SM 53/3/45


[388] Penultimate design, New Law Courts, 14 April 1824


Elevation of the Court of King's Bench to St Maragret's Street, with a Gothic façade, with a polygonal corner turret and traceried windows, showing the junction with the northern range of The Stone Building, and the floor levels indicated (in pink), not as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Design for Gothicising the West Front of the New Court of Kings Bench as ordered by the Committee / A / The same as A / the Windows / the same as those / on the Towers of W[estminster] H[all] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 14/04/1824
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Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes including pink, raw umber, burnt umber and sepia, pricked for transfer on wove paper (742 x 534)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The corner turret shown here agrees with that shown in SM 53/3/43. The exact form of the Gothic windows to the north façade of the Court of King's Bench is clearly still under consideration; the upper are shown with four lights, the lower with six lights and with various hood mouldings and head stops. The annotation suggesting an adoption of those on the towers of Westminster Hall was later followed in execution.



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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