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  • image SM 53/1/18

Reference number

SM 53/1/18


[144] Revised design, New Law Courts, July 1821


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, incorporating the existing Court of Exchequer and Court of Common Pleas, not executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Design for the New Courts at Westminster. / Part of Westminster Hall. / Scale of. Feet. / Part of Westminster Hall. / Entrance into the / Court of King's Bench &c: / Entrance into the / Court of Common Pleas. / Entrance into the / Vice-Chancellor's / Court. / Entrance into the / Court of Chancery. / The Court of Exchequer. / Water / Closet. (x 8) / Court. ( x 2) / Coffee House. / Entrance into the / Coffee House. / Entrance Hall to / The Court of King's Bench / &c. / Entrance into the Court of King's Bench, / The Court of Exchequer, and the / Court of Equity, &c. / Court. of. King's Bench. / Tribunal (x 3) / Closet. (x 2) / Judge's retiring / Room. / Lobby. (x 4) / Staircase. (x 5) / Bail Court. / Court of Common Pleas. / Judge's Room, of the / Court of Common Pleas. / Area. (x 3) / Cust[os]: Brev[ium]: / The Vice-Chancellor's / Court. / The Vice-Chancellor's / Retiring Room. / Corridor of Communication. / Grand Jury / Room. / The Court of / Chancery. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor. /Barrister's / Room. / The Lord Chancellor's / Room. / Waiting Room. / (pencil) Entrance / into the / High Court / of Chan[cery].

Signed and dated

  • July 1821
    July. 1821.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, within octuple ruled wash border, pricked for tansfer on wove paper (919 x 611)


Soane Office, draughtsman


J Whatman / 1820


A revised version of that shown in SM 53/1/17, rationalised and more cohesive as a unified scheme. The Courts of Chancery and King's Bench have been transposed. Sawyer argues that this predates the associated presentation plan, and that the date is retroactive (Sawyer, 1999: p. 502; footnote 1478).


Sawyer, 1999: p. 502; footnote 1478



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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