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  • image SM 53/4/80v

Reference number

SM 53/4/80v


[207] Preliminary design, Court of Chancery, c 8 April 1823


Details of the ornaments for the gallery of the Court of Chancery, including moulding profiles with a demi-palmette and two alternatives for pendant label stops (in pen), almost as executed, with additional compositional studies (in pencil)


to a rough scale


Wood floor / part of dome / Plan / face of [_]

Signed and dated

  • c 08/04/1823
    dated in accordance with SM 53/4/80

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on wove paper (534 x 737)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


This series of preliminary studies focuses upon the gallery floor; the largest study is a section of the latter's cornice, with egg and dart and rope mouldings, along with a demi-palmette. The other sketches explore possible treatments of the pendentives, most with pierced oculi, inverted caps and the characteristic lion mask head stops, which appeared on the archivolt mouldings of the Court's fanlights (see SM P274).


Sawyer, 1999: p 538, footnote 1588



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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