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  • image SM 53/8/8

Reference number

SM 53/8/8


[161] Presentation drawing, New Law Courts, after 15 March 1823


Exterior perspective of the New Law Courts from the north west looking south east, unexecuted


to a scale


View of the North & West Fronts of the New Law Courts at Westminster. Design No. 3 -

Signed and dated

  • 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of raw sienna, Payne's grey and sepia, pen, within partial triple ruled wash and sepia border on wove paper (583 x 378)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This is a variant of the proposal in drawing SM 53/8/7, taken from the same position. It incorporates the rounded corners to the Court of King's Bench proposed by Sir Charles Long, as an expedient to maintain sight lines of the north façade of Westminster Hall. The drawing is evidently by the same hand as drawing SM 53/3/7, though the palette is slightly cooler. The left-hand edge of this drawing has been painted as an illusionistic curved sheet.


Wedgwood, 1992: p. 35, fig. 8; illustrated on p. 35
Sawyer, 1999: p. 566, footnote 1667



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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