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SM Vol 51/1


[243] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, 25 February 1825


Elevation detail of typical bay of the volute and antefix cornice in the Vice-Chancellor's Court, as executed


not to scale


Vice Chancellors Court

Signed and dated

  • 25/02/1825
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Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (212 x 279)


Edward Davis (1802 - 1852), draughtsman
The annotation attributes this drawing to Edward Davis, who served as Soane's pupil from May 1824 - April 1826.


There is a faint drawing of carved foliage beneath the cornice detail. This distinctive cornice occured at the division between the upper and lower levels of the Court room proper (as shown in SM 53/5/10). It was composed of scrolling volutes with foliage terminations supporting a projecting fascia, ovolo and fillet. Upon this rested antefixes, their foliage springing from scallop shells. This motif is a variation on the more stacatto and emphantic treatment of the cornice in the Public Corridor. The device of semi-circular profiles echoes, in minature, the arches of the Court's fenestration and portaledge. Davis's elevation eschews the insized circles on the fascia above each volute, shown in Gandy's interior perspective SM 16/1/1.



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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