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image SM Vol 61/66

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SM Vol 61/66


[251] Survey on completion, Vice-Chancellor's Court, 16 August 1826


Interior perspective of the ceiling and lantern of the Vice Chancellor's Court looking either west or east, as executed


to a scale


View of the Lantern Light in the centre / of the ceiling in the Vice-Chancellor's Court./ No. 19 (erased)

Signed and dated

  • 16/08/1826
    16 August. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, colour washes including blue, raw umber and sepia, within single ruled border on laid paper (284 x 454) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (339 x 534)


Probably Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman


The lantern's plan was a regular square, set over a Court room which was an oblong, slightly longer than its breadth. To accommodate this, the ceiling's cove at the Court's narrower ends (east and west) rose to an additional panel, bordered by a raised moulding, on opposite sides of the lantern's lintels.



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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