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SM Vol 61/64


[252] Survey on completion, Vice-Chancellor's Court, 17 August 1826


Interior perspective of the main (ground) floor of the Vice-Chacellor's Court from the Public Corridor looking west, as executed


to a scale


View of the Vice-Chancellors' Court (as originally built) looking towards the Tribunal.

Signed and dated

  • 17/08/1826
    17th. Aug[u]st. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including raw umber, sepia and crimson, within single ruled border on laid paper (453 x 281) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume 532 x 339)


Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman


The large semi-circular headed windows at floor level in the Court's south wall are the only occurance of such features in Soane's design; all the other Courts were lit by lantern and clerestory fenestration. It was lit by an immediately adjacent light well or 'area'. The yellow tinted glazing of the Public Corridor is simialrly recorded, directly over the entrance arch, where the alterating rhythm of wide and narrow panes is enhanced by coloured glass.



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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