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Plan and Section of a Design for / the Vice-Chancellor's Court. / Truth / Justice / Mercy dimensions given
Signed and dated
30 Oct[ober]: 1822
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, with coloured washes of buff, pink and blue, pricked for transfer on wove paper (344 x 520)
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Soane Office, draughtsman
see separate entry for drawing SM 53/2/53v
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. There are minor variations between the left and right halves of both the plan and section. The former's right side shows the columns supported on beams, rather than (as on the left side) on shallow pendentives, with a large oculus cut into the spandrel. Plinths have also been sketched in pencil at the intercolumniations. These were to carry personfications of virtues. The section shows variants for the larger central portal; either with or without a shallow segmental pediment echoing the curve of the pendentives above. The smaller portals were originally drawn with acroteria; that on the left side also had a segmental pediment. The fascia of the gallery is ornamented with raceme, above which stands an Ionic colonnade with a plain entablature. A candelarbrum or figure has been lightly sketched on the axis over the main portal. Behind the colonnade are shown variant treatments of windows, the camber of the ceiling and the presence of a large ceiling rose.
Sawyer, 1999: p 533, footnote 1572
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