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image SM 37/1/37

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SM 37/1/37


Design for a temporary building for the records erected in Westminster Hall, 28 February 1822


Plan of the Sills, Uprights &c, Elevation of Uprights &c, Section and Section on the Line AB


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Temporary Building erected in Westminster Hall for the Records &c, Level of the Paving (twice), Joist 5 x 3, Beam 6 x 3, Rafter 5 x 3, door, Records in Bags, Records (twice), A, B and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 28 February 1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 28 Feby 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow washes on wove paper (518 x 732)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt 1817


Before work on the new Law Courts could commence it was necessary to take care of the contents of the existing buildings. Soane designed a temporary building - really no more than a "large wooden shed" (HKW, p. 471) - to be erected in Westminster Hall.

Tom Drysdale, November 2014



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