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Reference number

SM 53/9/1


[214] Finished drawing, Court of Chancery, c 1823-26


Section through the main (ground) floor of the Court of Chancery, looking north, not as executed


to a scale


Sir J[ohn] Soane / L[or]d. Chancellor's / Westminster (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • c 1823-26

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (211 x 220)


Possibly Charles James Richardson (1806 - 1871), draughtsman


Smith & Allnutt


This is a companion piece to SM 53/9/2. As realised, the solid parapet to the gallery was replaced by an ironwork balustrade and the vertical screen oculi within the lantern light were replaced by arches openings. To the left is a two-storey lobby with linked this Court to the central block of the Stone Building, where its designated entrance from St Margaret's Street was located. This was among four drawings from the collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson which were sold at Christies on 30 November 1983. Combined with drawing V&A 3306.53, they appear to have formed a series of record drawings, whose meticulous penmanship Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey has attributed to Charles Richardson. This drawing also closely corresponds to a preliminary survey drawing of the same section, executed by Richardson and dated 8 February 1825 (drawing V&A 3306.61).


Christies sale catalogue, 30 November 1983: p. 48, lot no. 89.



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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