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image SM 53/4/67v

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SM 53/4/67v


[227] Duplicate finished drawing, Vice Chancellor's Court, c 8 November 1822


Plan and laid out wall elevations of the Vice Chancellor's Court, with preliminary sketch of a corner elevation with the ceiling cove indicated, as originally executed


scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot.


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 08/11/1822
    dated in accordance with SM 53/1/8

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (620 x 422)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman
likely to be by the same hand as SM 53/4/81.


The plan is drawn with west to the top of the sheet, and makes clear the incorporation of a buttress of Westminster Hall into the Court’s north wall. The north and south elevations include sections through the Vice Chancellor’s Retiring Room and the room for his attendants respectively, including their skylights. In the south wall, the central arch on the lower level open onto an adjacent lightwell. The core walls are shown with courses of battens within the brickwork; the lower part of the Court was wainscoted up to the springing of the lower arches. Sketched in the lower right, the corner detail relates to the cove of the ceiling, which begins at the same height as the springing of the upper arches (see SM 16/1/1). This preliminary design is in Soane's hand. As revised, the three arches in the east wall, which give access to the Public Corridor, were replaced by a single depressed segmental arch (see SM Vol 61/65).


Sawyer, 1999: p 536, footnote 1586



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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