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Reference number

SM 53/2/62


[211] Working drawing, Court of Chancery, 2 October 1823


Section through the canopy over the Tribunal in the Court of Chancery, as executed


bar scale of 6 inches to 1 foot


Canopy, High Court of Chancery / Section through A.B / Half the full size / Scale of Foot. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 03/10/1823
    2nd: Oct[obe]r. 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and purple, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (549 x 323)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
Possibly Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 2 October 1823 notes that Charles Papendiek was About drawings for / the new Courts at West[minste]r.


Rough pencil elevation of opening with section through moulding profile.


This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand. It is one of three drawings which deal with the tribunal's canopy in the Court of Chancery (see SM 53/2/61 - 63). The section is through one of the outer compartments of the canopy, showing the openings through which light would enter it at the top, and the internal ornmanetation with characteristic Soanean runs of balls.



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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