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image SM 53/4/80

Reference number

SM 53/4/80


[206] Finished drawing, with preliminary design, Court of Chancery, 8 April 1823


Plans of the main (ground) floor and of the gallery and skylight of the Court of Chancery, with sections of the upper and lower parts of the Court, and detail elevations and section of the gallery balustrade and mouldings, almost as executed


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plans & Sections of the New Court of Chancery -. / Gallery / Lord Chancellor's Court / Robing Room. / A (x 2) / B (x 2) / dimensions from J. Cook / 5 April 1823 / floor / Making / as base mould[ing]'. inside / Making capping or hand rail / Making [_] Handrail / Plan / 12 April 1823 dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 08/04/1823
    8th. April 1823
    12 April 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (534 x 737)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman


see the separate entry for SM 53/4/80v


The sketches of the gallery balustrade and pedestal are in Soane's hand. As realised, the balustrade was not strigilated (see SM P274).


Sawyer, 1999: p 539, footnote 1591



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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