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[224] Survey on completion, Court of Chancery, c 1823-26


Perspective view of the interior of the Court of Chancery, seen from a north-east position in the Public Corridor looking south west, with furnishings, as originally designed and part-executed


to a scale


(frame) Court of Chancery, Westminster, (Sir John Soane, 1823.)

Signed and dated

  • c 1823-26
    dated in accordance with inscription on frame

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes and pen on paper, framed (unframed dimensions 953 x 733)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman
attributed in Mellinghoff, Summerson & Watkin (1983), p. 108.


not inspected


The drawing is clearly a finely worked-up version of drawing SM Vol 61/67, which gives almost exactly the same view onto the Court room proper. Most noticably the allegorical busts on the gallery's pedestals. The perspective is populated with figures suggesting that the Court is in session. Their scale is somewhat diminutive in comparisson to their setting.


Mellinghoff, Summerson & Watkin (1983), p. 108.



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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