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  • image SM 53/2/59

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SM 53/2/59


[202] Survey on completion, Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, c 1824-29


Interior perspective of the main floor of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, seen from the north-west corner of the passage between the latter and the room for the Lord Chancellor's Attendants, looking south-east, as executed


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c 1824-29

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including burnt sienna, sepia, Payne's grey and yellow, within single ruled wash border on card (437 x 531)


Attributed to Gandy, Joseph Michael (1771--1843), draughtsman


This is one of the most finely wrought and evocative images of the New Law Courts' interiors. It has been worked up from one of the interior views shown on drawing SM Vol 83/64. Undoubtedly in Gandy's hand, the subtle building up of washes captures the complex interplay of high light sources, diffused through complexly inter-related volumes, of which the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room was arguably the pièce de résistance. The double-leaved doors in the eastern portal are open onto the Public Corridor. This drawing also provides the only visual evidence that the glazing in the lantern was tinted yellow, as was used elsewhere within the ancillary spaces of the New Law Courts. The recessed bands of rustication around the chimneypiece have been erased and redrawn. It is possible that this drawing was intended as a lecture drawing or a drawing for exhibition, but there is no evidence to support this. The latter revisions would undoubtedly militate against the drawing serving either as an exhibition or lecture 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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