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image SM 53/2/49

Reference number

SM 53/2/49


[230] Revised design, Vice Chancellor's Court, 15 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, with detail plans of aedicules, not as executed


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan of a Design for / the Court for the / Vice Chancellor. / Scale of Feet / Gallery (x 2)

Signed and dated

  • 15/11/1822
    15th. Nov[embe]r. 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and orange, pen, pink pen on wove paper (553 x 327)


Soane Office


see separate entry for drawing SM 53/2/49v


The buttress of Westminster Hall, which was built into the Court's north wall, is indicated in wash. Centre lines for the axes of symmetry for the eight aedicules are drawn in pink. Timber supports laid from the side walls to the aedicules are also shown. The opening to the main floor is here as an oval, at the centre of which is drawn (with dashed lines) a rhombus. An oval has been lightly sketched (in pencil) over this.


Sawyer, 1999: p 534, footnote 1576



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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