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image SM 53/2/72

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SM 53/2/72


[180] Finished drawing, New Law Courts, 22 October 1822


Plan of the main (ground) floor of the New Law Courts, showing the area between Westminster Hall, the eastern range of The Stone Building and the central block of the latter, including the Vice-Chancellor's Court, the Court of Chancery, and the accommodation for the Lord Chancellor, with elevation detail of floor levels, not as executed


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Plan of the Foundations;- New Law Courts. / Scale of Feet / The Vice-Chancellor's Court. / Attendants on the Vice-Chancellor. / The Vice-Chancellor's / Retiring Room. / W[ater]. C[loset]. / The Court of Chancery. / The Lord Chancellor's / Robing Room. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor. / Barristers Room / Range / Court of Chancery. / Entrance Hall / for the Lord / Chancellor. / These dimensions are all taken from the intended floor of the new / Courts, that is, at 2': 6" above the present floor of Westminster Hall. / Level of New Courts / Level of W[estminste]r. Hall. / York Ledger. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 22/10/1822
    22nd: October 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink, yellow and blue, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (728 x 522)


Soane Office


Smith & Allnutt / 1817


As in drawings SM 53/2/69 and SM 53/2/71, the corridor running along the south side of the Lord Chancellor's accommodation was not built with the open colonnade shown here, and the passage turned through a curved corner. The ceilings of the Vice Chancellor's Court and the Court of Chancery are lightly sketched in pencil. The heights of arched openings into the respective Court rooms from the Public Corridor are also sketched in pen. The footings for the ceiling of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room are also shown (washed in yellow). There are numerous erasures and redrawings for entrances and the internal walls of the Vice Chancellor's Court.


Sawyer, 1999: p 530, footnote 1565



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