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image SM 53/4/81

Reference number

SM 53/4/81


[204] Finished drawing, Court of Chancery, after 27 October 1822


Plan and laid out wall elevations of the main (ground) floor of the Court of Chancery and sections of Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, not as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan & Section of the Court of Chancery / x (x 2) / of Stone under / Bond / Plan / g / Scale of Feet dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • after 27/10/1822
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, pink pen, on wove paper (559 x 687)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing appears to be by the same hand as SM 53/1/8 and SM 53/4/67v. The structural design of the Court, which Soane referred to as outline finishings, was recorded in his Notebook as finally settled on 27 October 1822. The plan and east and west elevations make clear the incorporation of two buttresses of Westminster Hall (shown in wash) into the Court's latitudinal walls. The courses of battens within the brickwork are also shown. In execution, the six arched openings in the east wall were substituted for a single large arch, leading directly onto the Public Corridor. The sheet appears to have been cut down at its upper edge.


Sawyer, 1999: p 532, footnote 1569



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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