Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [249] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, 15 - 22 March 1826


top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image SM 53/5/22

Reference number

SM 53/5/22


[249] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, 15 - 22 March 1826


Elevation of entrance arch to the Vice Chancellor's Court from the Public Coridor, with detail of incised Greek key motif of the latter's soffit, with partial section through the furnishings of the Court, immediately before the Judges' Tribunal, as originally executed


not to scale


dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15/03/1826 - 22/03/1826
    dated in accordance with SM 53/5/22v

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper (266 x 205)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for the period from 15 March - 22 March 1826 record six entries when Stephen Burchell was making sketches of the New Law Courts at Westminster.


see separate entry for SM 53/5/22v


This drawing records the alterations to the Vice Chancellor's Court entrance from Westminster Hall. Shown in pink wash, it originally comprised of an open arch with an internal porch set within the Public Corridor. This was subseuqently removed and the arch reconstructed with a rebate for doors.



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.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).