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Sketch of a Design for part of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / Scale of Feet / Barrister's / Room. / Furnace / below. (x 2) / The Vice-Chancellor's Court. / Tribunal / Attendants on / the Vice-Chancellor / Retiring Room for / the Vice-Chancellor / The Court of Chancery / Flat / ceiling. / W[ater] C[loset]. (x 6) / the Lord Chancelloer's / Room. / Attendants on the / Lord Chancellor / Barristers. / Part of the general Communication with the Several Courts and With Westminster Hall / Entrance Hall / for the Lord / Chancellor / W (x 7) dimensions given
Signed and dated
20th. Sep[tembe]r. 1822.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, pink pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (782 x 559)
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing has been annotated in Soane's hand.
Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 20 September 1822 notes that Arthur Mee was About drawings for the New Courts at Westminster.
The drawing has been revised with a focus upon some of the ancillary spaces. The circular ceiling of the Court of Chancery is shown, and that for the room of the Lord Chancellor's Attendants was orignally indicated, but subsequently erased. The locations of two furnaces, presumably associated with provisions for ventilating and/or heating the New Law Courts, are also indicated. Centring lines for the internal bays of Westminster Hall (labelled W) are also indicated, though save for those centred upon openings from the Hall to the Public Corridor, they bear little influence on the composition of the groundplan. It is not clear whether or not Soane intended to preserve the passage which ran alongside the Court of Common Pleas, which its inclusion on this drawing implies.
Sawyer, 1999: p 527, footnote 1555
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