Anon., Westminster Hall, with the Courts of Chancery and King's Bench in session. England, early 17th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

In this rare sketch of a legal scene from the period, two courts - the Chancery and the King’s Bench - are seen in sessions at the same time in the south end of Westminster Hall. It is a vivid glimpse of the spatial and acoustic realities of the experience of the law court in early modern England. Crowds huddle together, probably hearing not enough of the case they are attending, and too much of the one in the next corner. Some of the figures are lawyers in their gowns, engaged in conversation; judges are sitting under the canopies at the back; spectators are seen seated high up on the two-tiered gallery on the left.