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View of the Court of King's Bench, / from the Tribunal - / 6 pane[ls] / 15 pane[els] / 16 pane[els] / Carpet / Red (x 2)
Signed and dated
30th. Sep[tembe]r. 1826.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, coloured washes including sepia, raw umber and crimson, within ruled border on laid paper (466 x 282) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (533 x 342)
Probably Gandy, Joseph Michael (1771--1843), draughtsman
This view records a variant treatment for additional seating behind the Court’s west and east walls. Both areas on the drawing show signs of erasure and reworking, with suggestions that a series of three arch-headed openings were originally proposed; echoing those at the gallery level above. The north (right-hand) wall is pierced by three evenly-spaced openings, topped by a lintel supported by horizontal consoles beneath and bordered with a three-quarter engaged cable moulding. Alternatively, the south (left-hand) wall is pierced by five openings, with an alternating wide and narrow rhythm. Above these runs a separate projecting cornice supported by vertical consoles; a design echoing the features of the portals in the walls at this point (see SM Vol 61/44). A rough elevation detail of these occurs in the right-hand margin, accompanied by a detail elevation of the gallery’s balustrade, which is shown within the arches in the east and south walls. Behind the variant openings are two additional rows of benches, their fronts projecting via a quadrant curve into the Court.
This drawing may have served as a preliminary study for the more fully realised SM P281. It it also closely related to SM Vol 60/82.
Stroud 1984, pp. 221 - 225, fig. 201; illustrated on p. 223
Wedgwood 1992, p. 37, fig. 14; illustrated on p. 38
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