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SM 53/2/57


[240] Final desgin, Vice Chancellor's Court, 26 May 1823


Plan of the main floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court, with ceiling and canopy arches of the lantern shown, with accompanying section through the Court room, showing the lantern and roof framing, and additional section through the south wall, including the basement level, and section through the west end of the Court room at gallery level, and plan of the lantern at two levels, almost as executed


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Plan & Section (looking east) of the / Vice-Chancellor's Court. / Plan & Scetion of Vice-Chancellors / Court- / Gallery Floor / Height of Windows next Westminster Hall / Plan of Lantern Light & Dome dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26/05/1823
    May 26th, 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (542 x 746)


Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 May 1823 notes that George Bailey was About Drawings of the New Courts.


The plan shows the line where the cove of ther ceiling meets the central rectangular panel and the double canopy arches beneath the lantern. The section shows the structural core of the lower walls, and more elaborate details for the upper parts of the Court room, such as the console and antefix frieze (with the central antefix shown carved with a honeysuckle). Save for one at the south-east corner, the consoles are shown uncarved. The addtional section looking west shows the provisions for the Court room adjacent to Westminster Hall, with was altered in execution. There are faint pricked pencil lines in the section, which appear to relate to the plan of the lantern's canopy arches. The form of the lantern agrees with that shown in drawing SM 53/2/58.


Sawyer, 1999: p 538, footnote 1589



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