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
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
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