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  • image SM 53/2/51

Reference number

SM 53/2/51


[238] Penultimate revised design, Vice Chancellor's Court, 29 November 1822


Half plan of the main floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, with corner columns and ceiling lantern, and corresponding section through the principle floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, showing gallery and ceiling lantern, not as executed


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of a Design for Vice-Chancellor's Court: / One Half of the Plan:

Signed and dated

  • 29/11/1822
    29th. Nov[embe]r. 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen pricked for transfer on wove paper (336 x 525)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 29 November 1822 notes that Arthur Mee was Drawing plan and Section of the Chancellor's Court.


see separate entry for drawing SM 52/3/51v


The aedicular treatment of the gallery parapet has been abandoned in favour of a balustrade divided by plinths carrying busts. Above the opening to the principal floor is a series of double-depth canopy arches, over which is the central lantern, supported internally by a colonnade of coupled Ionic columns. Faintly sketched arches appear in the attic over these, accompanied by other sketched details in the upper left corner. The gallery itself is borne on characteristic shallow pendentives, resting on engaged Doric columns in the corners of the Court room.


Sawyer, 1999: p 535, footnote 1578



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