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SM 69/7/1/v/b


[169] Preliminary design, New Law Courts, 1823-25


Detail profile of mouldings, perhaps associated with the ceilings of the New Law Courts, possibly as executed


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1822-25
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on wove paper (282 x 294, maximum dimensions)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect


This detail drawing of mouldings is clearly in Soane's own hand, and demonstrates his control over the decorative elements of the New Law Courts' interiors. While it is difficult to locate such partial details, Summerson attempts to associate them with an apparently unrelated drawing (see note in drawing file). It is essentially two shallow curves, divided and crowned by projecting tori, terminated in a characteristically Soanian banderol. As such, it most likely represents part of a ceiling around the opening for a lantern light.


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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