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Reference number

SM 69/7/1/v/a


[205] Preliminary design, Court of Chancery, 6 April 1823


Detail profiles and elevations of ceiling mouldings for the Court of Chancery, as executed


to a scale


A / B / small reed [_] dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 06/04/1823
    6 April 182[3] / L[incolns]. I[nn]. F[ields].
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on wove paper (389 x 280, maximum dimensions)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect


It is difficult to locate the partial details shown in this drawing. However, Summerson is right to associate these with the Court of Chancery (see note in drawing file). The upper right moulding agrees with that directly beneath the consoles supporting the opening for the lantern light. The central and lower details appear to correspond to the mouldings shown between the lantern light and the canopy arches of the ceiling (see SM 16/1/2). In the inscription, the final numeral of the date has been cropped by the edge of the sheet.


Summerson, annotated note in drawing file SM 69/7/1
Sawyer, 1999: p 539, footnote 1591



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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