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Reference number

SM 53/2/63


[210] First design, Court of Chancery, 2 October 1823


Half plan, half elevation and three sections through the canopy over the Tribunal in the Court of Chancery, as executed


bar scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


High Court of Chancery / Canopy over the Tribune / Wall Line / A B C D / Section through A.B / Section through CD / Scale of Feet dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 02/10/1823
    L[incolns] I[nn] F[ields] / 2nd: Oct[obe]r. / 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (558 x 340)


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.


unidentified plan of a five-bay building with additions (in pink)


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 drawings SM 53/2/61-63). The half plan and elevation show the east half of the canopy, placed against the south wall of the Court of Chancery, beneath the shallow curve of the gallery pendentives, with the entrance from the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room shown in the elevation. A hood mould and head stop have been lightly sketched above the latter, and another sketch plan appears below the sheet's upper edge. The section labelled AB is shown to a larger scale in SM 53/2/62.



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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