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image SM 37/3/11

Reference number

SM 37/3/11


[39] Survey, Court of Equity, 17 January 1822


Plan of the main (first) floor of the Court of Equity, with furnishings


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Court of Equity at Westminster. / Scale of Feet. / Attorneys / Barristers (x 4) / Desk. / Judges (x 2) / Kings Counsel / Seat. (x 12) / Table. / (pencil) Civil cause / over a statute / sometimes tried / in this Court / the judges meet / Equity Court / [_] here / during [_] / 3 day in the week / & / the other three / Judges sit / in the [?Great] / Court dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17/01/1822
    17th: Jan[uar]y 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, buff wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (538 x 376)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 17 January 1822 notes that Charles Papendiek was Drawing plans of the / Court of Equity.


This plan appears to have been worked up from SM 89/3/45 or a lost comparable survey drawing.



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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