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image SM 53/2/52

Reference number

SM 53/2/52

Purpose

[235] Revised design, Vice Chancellor's Court, 18 November 1822

Aspect

Half plan of the main floor of the Vice Chancelllor's Court, and corresponding section through the principle floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, looking east, half showing the entrance portals, gallery and aedicular balustrade; half showing the structural core of the walls, not as executed

Scale

bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Sketch of a Design for Vice-Chancellor's Court.

Signed and dated

18th. Nov[embe]r. 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of raw sienna, burnt sienna, pink and blue, pricked for transfer on wove paper (339 x 527)

Hand

Possibly Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 18 November 1822 notes that Arthur Mee was About drawings for the new Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 18 November 1822 notes that David Mocatta was About drawings for the new Courts at Westminster.
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 18 November 1822 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings for the new Courts at Westminster.

Notes

The proposed interior appears to serve as the basis, with greater elaboration, for that shown in drawing SM 52/3/54. The archivolted lintels of the portals carry tablets. The fascia of the gallery has a band of raceme lightly sketched in pencil. The aedicules are topped with plain fasciae and triangular pediments, with the surface between the columns left plain, except for the continuous ballustrate cornice. The aedicules are lightly sketched in the accompanying section.

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Drawing

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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