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image SM Vol 83/46v

Reference number

SM Vol 83/46v

Purpose

[189] Preliminary design for an exhibition drawing, Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, Court of Chancery and Vice Chancellor's Court, early June 1823

Aspect

Perspective views of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, the Court of Chancery and the Vice Chancellor's Court, shown on a fictive unrolled sheets, with sketch plans corresponding to the views above (in pencil), almost as executed

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Sundry Sketches of the Law Courts at Westminster by Joseph Gandy ARA / Ante Room / Chancellors / Vice Chancellor / (pencil) Plan (x 3)

Signed and dated

June 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash and pen, partly within single border on laid paper (567 x 387)

Hand

Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman

Watermark

Weatherley & Lane / 1818

Notes

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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Drawing

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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