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image SM Vol 61/59

Reference number

SM Vol 61/59

Purpose

[279] Survey on completion, Court of Equity, 13 August 1826

Aspect

Interior perspective of the main (ground) floor of the Court of Equity from the centre of the Court, showing the ceiling and lantern, looking north, as executed

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

View of the Ceiling and Lantern Light / in the Court of Equity. / No. 15 (erased)

Signed and dated

August. 13. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of raw umber, blue and sepia, within double ruled border on laid paper (291 x 458) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (338 x 531)

Hand

Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman

Notes

This drawing demonstrates that given the details of the irregular fenestration in SM Vol 61/60, the two arch-headed Ionic order windows were set in the Court’s north wall. As with the latter drawing, this records the fact that some of the lantern casements of this Court (as least) opened to provide ventilation. A prototype model of a canopy arch for this ceiling survives (see SM M1455).

Literature

Wedgwood 1992, p. 37, fig. 16; illustrated p. 38.

Level

Drawing

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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