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  • image SM 53/1/22

Reference number

SM 53/1/22


[158] Presentation drawing, New Law Courts, before 5 March 1823


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 buildings to be replaced indicated in unwashed line, and minor revisions and varaitions (in pencil), not as executed


to a scale


Design for the New Law Courts at Westminster - / Exhi[bited] to the Lo[r]d / Chief Baron / 5 March 1823 & / approved with the / alterations shown / in the larger plan / AB / x [_] / (pencil) No 3 / 5 Risers /Gallery / door dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • before 05/03/2018
    5 March 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (879 x 592)


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


J Whatman / 1821


The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand, recording its presentation to the Lord Chief Baron on 5 March 1823, following which meeting it appears minor revisions were suggested. The colouring with washes in this drawing is divergent from others in this sequence, for here a buff wash indicates the circulation space through the central block of The Stone Building, as far as Westminster Hall, rather than Court rooms proper. A corresponding exterior perspective is shown in SM 53/8/6.



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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