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image SM Vol 49/36

Reference number

SM Vol 49/36


[246] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, c 1824


Section through the Vice Chancellor's Court, looking south and associated section details, as executed


to a scale


Vice 6 6 (x 2) / robing rooms. / Floor of / Courts / 12 13 14 15 / honey / suckles / small / window (dimensions given)

Signed and dated

  • c 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (212 x 275)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Fellows & Sons / 1821


The main section shows half of the interior of the Vice Chancellor's Court, looking towards the western wall. The furnishings of the tribunal, inlcuding its canopy and Royal Arms are omitted. Above this is a section study for part of a robing room, showing an arched opening in a surrounding recessed arch and an associated clerestory dormer. This was located immediately adjacent to the Court's south wall. In the inscription, Honey / suckles refers to the characteristic, volute-borne crested frieze which demarked the two levels of the Court's interior. An elevation detail of the latter is shown in SM Vol 51/1.



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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