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SM 53/8/7


[160] Presentation drawing, New Law Courts, before 15 March 1823


Perspective view of the exterior of the New Law Courts from the north west, looking south east, unexecuted


to a scale


No 16/ John Soane Arch[itect] / 15 March 1823 / Attended the Chan[cello]r. of the Exchequer, Sir Ch[arles]. Long : Mr Herries / to view the site when Sir C[harles]. L[ong]. expressed a wish that / as much as the [_] of West[minster]. Hall might be seen - / Corners to be round (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • before 15/03/1823
    Later inscribed date of 15 March 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw sienna, blue and sepia within triple ruled wash and sepia border on wove paper (520 x 367)


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


The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.


Wedgwood, 1992: pp. 32, fig. 7; illustrated on p. 35
Sawyer, 1999: p. 565, footnote 1665



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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