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  • image SM 53/5/22v

Reference number

SM 53/5/22v


[245] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, 15 - 22 March 1826


Plan and section through the main floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, with variant plans of entrance from Westminster Hall with draught lobby, as executed


to a rough scale


Vice Chancellors Court - / 3 raised beads / A (x 2) / b [_] / Height of the framing the / same as in the C[our]t / Height of the / Framing the same as / in the Court - - / no wainscotting / seat / this side was altered afterwards as above - dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15/03/1826 - 22/03/1826
    March 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, on wove paper (266 x 205)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for the period from 15 March - 22 March 1826 record six entries when Stephen Burchell was making sketches of the New Law Courts at Westminster.


The sheet is numbered 17 in red pen at the verso top right-hand corner. This drawing records the alterations to the Vice Chancellor's Court entrance from Westminster Hall. Shown in pink wash, it originally comprised of an open arch with an internal porch set within the Public Corridor. This was subsequently removed and the arch reconstructed with a rebate for doors. The furnishnigs of the Court agree with those shown in SM 53/2/55.



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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