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View of the Hall of Entrance from Parliament Street / looking into the Court of Equity.
Signed and dated
Sep[tembe]r. 7. 1826.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, coloured washes including sepia and raw umber, within double ruled border on laid paper (284 x 455) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (340 x 532)
Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman
This is one of two known views of the designated Hall of Entrance to the Court of King’s Bench (compare SM Vol 61/51). It was located on the ground floor of the corner pavilion tower on the northern range of The Stone Building; designed by Soane to complete its façade to St Margaret's Street. The view is taken from the fireplace in the south wall. The interior is marked by characteristic horizontal bands, recessed and incised in the wall plane. This continues around the segmental alcove, which is pierced by an architrave-framed doorway, topped by a segmental pediment supported by vertical consoles. Beyond this is a passageway and a corresponding doorway, leading on to an oblique view of the Court of Equity. The cornice is marked by a Greek key frieze and a projecting moulded cornice, above which is a segmental starfish ceiling. Further foliate and incised ornamentation is indicated on the rib panels, which meet to form an octagonal surround for a convex patera. The outmost door on the left-hand side is false, whilst the innermost leads to ancillary rooms and a staircase to the King’s Bench gallery.
Wedgwood 1992, fig. 19; illustrated on p. 39
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