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Reference number

SM Vol 83/65


[190] Preliminary design for an exhibition drawing, Vice-Chancellor's Court, Court of Chancery and Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, 4 June 1823


Perspective views of the Lord Chancellor's Robing Room, the Court of Chancery and the Vice Chancellor's Court, shown on ficitive unrolled sheets, with sketch plans corresponding to the views beneath, almost as executed


rough scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Sketch of some of the New Law Courts at Westminster. / The Vice-Chancellor's Court. / The Court of Chancery. / The Lord Chancellor's Robing Room / (red pen) 65.

Signed and dated

  • 04/06/1823
    June 1823. (pen)
    4/6/[18]23 (pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within single border on laid paper (571 x 402) mounted on pale grey paper (669 x 568)


Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 - 1843), draughtsman


This is a revised 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 provide more direct architectural information the respective plans for each view have been lightly sketched beneath the views; clearly as an afterthought. The same composition is more highly realised in drawing SM Vol 83/64. All three perspective views of these interiors would provide the subjects for meticulously realised watercolours by Gandy *[cross-references to be included].*



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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