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SM 53/8/2


[150] Presentation drawing, New Law Courts, before 27 July 1821


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts and Westminster Hall from the corner of St Margaret's Street and New Palace Yard, looking south east, unexecuted


to a scale


A / B / At the Treasury / with Col[onel]. Stephenson, Proposed to make this part correspond with B - app[rove]d -

Signed and dated

  • before 27/07/1821
    27 July 1821

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw umber, Payne's grey and sepia, pen, within quadruple ruled sepia and wash border pricked for transfer on wove paper (489 x 365)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman


The annotation recording the meeting with Colonel Stephenson is in Soane's hand. This view was subsequently engraved as Plate Xc in Soane's Public and Private Buildings.


Wedgwood, 1992: p. 32, fig. 4; illustrated on p. 33
Sawyer, 1999: p. 505, footnote 1484



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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