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  • image SM 53/1/20

Reference number

SM 53/1/20


[155] Presentation drawing, New Law Courts, before 13 December 1821


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, retaining only part of the existing walls of the Court of Common Pleas, with ceilings and skylight oculi for corridors shown, and buildings to be replaced indicated in unwashed line, as part executed


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Scale of Feet / Design submitted at the Treasury with an Estimate amounting to £100,000 / 13 Dec[embe]r. 1821 / Plan from which / the Estimate was formed

Signed and dated

  • before 13/12/1821
    John Soane L[incolns]. I[nn]. Fields. / 1821

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of blue and pink and pen within hextuple ruled wash border pricked for tansfer on wove paper (955 x 635)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Possibly George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman


J Whatman / 1821


The drawing is endorsed in Soane's hand, recording that it served to generate the estimate for constructing the New Law Courts, calculated by the Treasury Office. There are minor revisions (in pencil) to the corridor leading from the central block of The Stone Building to Westminster Hall.


Sawyer, 1999: p. 511, footnote 1505



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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