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Lanterns and Skylights Survey, May 1824 (3)


Drawings Note:-
This record of the lanterns and skylights appear to have served as a training exercise for one of Soane’s pupils; drawing from on-site observation. These drawings were clearly produced at speed, never worked up with wash and pen and lack any characteristic features to enable identification. However, they cannot be regarded as the work of an experienced hand. The Day Book entries for May 1824 record that Stephen Burchell, and Charles Richardson intermittently, were engaged in drawings associated with the Law Courts, though no entries had be directly associated with this survey. On the grounds of numerical frequency, they are more likely to be by Burchell than Richardson.



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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