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Reference number

SM 53/4/67


[503] Final design, Court of King's Bench, 8 September 1832


Section through the roof over the Court of King's Bench, showing the framing and bracing with proposed alterations, as executed


line scale of 1/8 inch to one foot.


One of the Trusses of the Court of King's Bench as it appeared in [blank] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 08/09/1832
    Sep[tembe]r 183[2]
    dated in accordance with corresponding entry in Day Books

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of brown, grey and pink, pen, on wove paper (620 x 422)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 8 September 1832 notes that George Bailey was engaged in Sir B[enjamin]. Stephensons / directions for proceeding with / the reinstatement of the defective / parts of the Roofs of the Law / Courts.


see separate entry for drawing SM 53/4/67v


In light of the partial inscription, which appears to be in Bailey's hand, this drawing records the roof structure over the Court of King's Bench prior to repairs undertaken in September 1832. The same solution to the failing roof framing may be represented by model SM X233.


Sawyer, 1999: p 537, footnote 1586
Sawyer, 1999: p 634, footnote 1882



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