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Reference number

SM 53/2/65


[209] Finished drawing, Court of Chancery, 13 May 1823


Plan at gallery level of the upper part of the Court of Chancery, including the ceiling and lantern over the gallery opening, with corresponding section looking west, showing the ceiling and lantern, with section through the south wall to basement level, and elevation of window, almost as executed


bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot


Plan and Section of the Court of Chancery. as executed. / Lord Chancellors Court / Feet / Floor of Gallery dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 13/05/1823
    May 13th. 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, pink and red pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (557 x 683)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Rough pencil sketches, including perimeter plan of a building with curved corners and an engaged order.


The plan indicates the pierced roundels set in the spandrels beneath the gallery floor. The series of semicircles shown in plan at the junction of the lantern with the ceiling relate to a freize of antefixes beneath the lanter's dome, of which three are shown in the elevation. The screen walls within the lantern, pierced by occuli with radiating fluting, were altered from the form shown here to admit more light (see SM Vol 61/70). The plan also has two sets of radiating pencil lines, which appear to be preparatory work for a perspective 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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