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image SM 53/2/54

Reference number

SM 53/2/54

Purpose

[236] Alternative design, Vice Chancellor's Court, 20 November 1822

Aspect

Section through the main floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, showing the gallery with aedicular balustrade, and variant proposal for the same above, 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

20th. Nov[embe]r: 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, with coloured washes of pink and blue, pen pricked for transfer on wove paper (342 x 517)

Hand

Possibly Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 20 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 20 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 20 November 1822 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings for the new Courts at Westminster.

Verso

see separate entry for drawing SM 53/2/54v

Notes

The lower section is a more worked version of the proposed interior shown in the left-side of drawing SM 53/2/52. Here, the tablets over the lintels have recessed panels and the linking walls of the aedicules are horizontally channelled, with the balustrade’s cornice continuing between the columns. The upper section shows a markedly different treatment of the aedicules. Here the columns have moulded bases, but are without capitals and are intersected by a large incised tablet beneath the entablature. Such abstraction is characteristically Soanian.

Literature

Sawyer, 1999: p 534, footnote 1576

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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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