bar scale of 1/4 of an inch to 1 foot
Plan of Temporary Court of Exchequer in Westminster Hall / Barons Room / Court of Exchequer / Cupboard / Flap / Desk (x 4) / Remembrancer / Seat (x 20) dimensions given
Signed and dated
dated in accordance with known building campaign
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, green and red, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (698 x 515)
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Soane Office, draughtsman
The temporary provisions for the Vice-Chancellor's Court and the Court of Exchequer were under construction by the end of 1822. The Exchequer had been cleared of its furnishings by August that year. They were subsequently re-used, as were the Vice Chancellor's, for their sittings in Westminster Hall. The colour washes used to demark the separate elements of the Courts reflects that found eslewhere (see SM 37/3/25). This plan may have served as the template for SM 51/5/48v, which is to the same scale, but displays finer draughtsmanship.
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.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural,
design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for
scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to
preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and
it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance
masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries
and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and
George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings
in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early
work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of
his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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