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  • image SM 53/4/68

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SM 53/4/68


[213] Working drawing, Court of Chancery, 23 October 1823


Plan and two fold-out sections of the roof structure, framing, bracing and opening around the lantern light over the Court of Chancery, as executed


to a scale


New Courts / Plan of the Roof of the Court of / Chancery – 1823. / 4’ 11” from the Top / Side of the Plate / to the Top Side of / Plate B ( x 2) / A (x 2) / Oak King Posts / AA 7½ by 6 at Bottom – 6” by 6” at top / Common Rafters 5” by 2”½ / Bolts ¾ short with a good thread / Send the Drawings ^ back with the Work / Plates BB 9 x 5 ½ - / No Rafters to be [_] until [Principles?] are fixed / Oak Plates (x 2) / South Side / B (red pen) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23/10/1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of buff and pink, pen, red pen pricked for transfer on wove paper (530 x 695)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing is attributed by Swayer to James Cook (see Sawyer, 1999: p. 542).



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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