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  • image SM 37/3/29

Reference number

SM 37/3/29


[124] Preliminary survey, Court of Chancery, 29 September 1823


Plan of the Court of Chancery, with furnishings, as accommodated in the Hall of Lincoln's Inn


not to scale


Lord Chancellors Court / Lincoln's Inn / Post / Judges Seat (x 2) / Attendants on Lord Chancellor / Table / Attoneys Seat / Table / Court Seat / Counsels Seat (x 2) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23/09/1823
    Sept[embe]r. 29th. / 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on laid paper (321 x 204)


Soane Office, draughtsman


J Rump / 1822


This is in same hand as SM 37/3/28. The section records the Court of Chancery's accommodation in the Hall of Lincoln's Inn. Notable are the eighteenth-century plaster ceiling, the arch leading to the Hall's oriel and the three-light windows. The record of furnishings agrees with the depiction in Rowlandson & Pugin's Microcosm of London (1808) vol. I, plate opposite p. 193. The provisions for a water closet are hastily sketched in at the upper-left corner.



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