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  • image SM 53/2/61

Reference number

SM 53/2/61


[212] Working drawing, Court of Chancery, 3 October 1823


Half elevation of the canopy over the Tribunal in the Court of Chancery, as executed


bar scale of 6 inches to 1 foot


Part of the Front of the Canopy / High Court of Chancery / 1/2 full size / Scale of Feet

Signed and dated

  • 03/10/1823
    3rd. Oct[obe]r. 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (557 x 339)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 3 October 1823 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings for the new courts at Westm[inste]r.


This drawing is one of three which deal with the tribunal's canopy in the Court of Chancery (see SM 53/2/61 - 63). The details for ornamentation, such as rosettes in the recessed circular and square panels, have been indicated. The left pendant over the central span of the canopy appears to have been sketched over (in pen) by Soane; adding foliage details to the panels and a covex conoid. The last detail Papendiek has worked up with fluting and an acorn on the adjacent pendant.



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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