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Sundry Sketches of the Law Courts at Westminster by Joseph Gandy ARA / Ante Room / Chancellors / Vice Chancellor / (pencil) Plan (x 3)
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash and pen, partly within single border on laid paper (567 x 387)
Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman
Weatherley & Lane / 1818
This is a preliminary compositional study for an elaborate drawing recording the three main interior spaces within the southern part of the New Law Courts, which at the time of this drawing were under construction. The whole is conceived as three unrolled drawings, set against a dark background. To weight the composition at its base, and provide more direct architectural information, the respective plans for each view have been lightly sketched; clearly as an afterthought. The same composition is more highly realised in drawing SM Vol 83/64, where the cropping suggested by the pencil border shown here is followed. All three perspective views of these interiors would provide the subjects for meticulously realised watercolours by Gandy *[cross-references to be included].*
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