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image SM 81/1/22

Reference number

SM 81/1/22

Purpose

[350] Survey on completion, Court of King's Bench, 11 December 1829

Aspect

Elevation of an Elizabethan fireplace with moulding sections, Lord Chief Justice's Robing Room, as extant

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Drawing of Queen Elizabeth's Chimney Piece / now Standing in the Robing room of the Lord Chief Justice / of the Court of King's Bench at Westminster

Signed and dated

Dec[embe]r. 1st 1829 -

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (639 x 519)

Hand

Soane Office, draughtsman

Notes

The elevation records a chimneypiece with a moulded reveal comprising of fillet, ovolo, fillet, cyma recta; the latter indicated as being carved with a layered acanthus; consoles ornamented with demi-anthemia appear beneath the junction with the lintel. The latter is shown as rising to a shallow triangular hood, underneath which is a frieze carved with a grotesque rinceau with the crowned royal monogram 'ER', tied with a love knot. The idiom is characteristic of decorative carving at the opening of Elizabeth I's reign.

The chimneypiece originally stood in the Exchequer Chamber, referred to as 'Queen Elizabeth's Chamber' or in its corrupted form 'Queen Elizabeth's Bedchamber'. This was built from 1565 - 1567 as part of the expansion of the Exchequer's offices. Upon the Chamber's demolition it was incorporated into the Court of King's Bench Robing Room. With the demolition of the New Law Courts (1882 - 1883) it was moved into the Tapestry Room at Saint James's Palace.

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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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