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  • image SM 53/2/48

Reference number

SM 53/2/48


[231] Duplicate finished drawing, Vice Chancellor's Court, November 1822


Plan of the upper level of the Vice Chancellor's Court, showing the oval opening to the main floor and the aedicular parapet, not as executed


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of a Design for the Upper part of the Vice Chancellor's Court / Gallery (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 01/11/1822 - 30/11/1822
    November 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (323 x 529)


Soane Office, draughtsman


The buttress of Westminster Hall, which was built into the Court's north wall, is indicated in wash. Centre lines for the windows and axes of symmetry for the eight aedicules are drawn in pink. The opening to the main floor at its outer edge has the profile of an etiolated hexadecagon, yieding to an oval at its inner. The radiating diagonal pencil lines across the centre of the sheet may suggest this plan's use in the setting up of the perspective of this interior, shown in drawing SM 53/2/46.



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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