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  • image SM 71/2/62v

Reference number

SM 71/2/62v


[203] Survey with preliminary design, Court of Chancery, 19 October 1822


Section through the area to be occupied by the Court of Chancery, from Westminster Hall to the rear of The Stone Building, as extant, with preliminary designs for the Court of Chancery and Public Corridor, as executed


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Floor of Stone Buil[din]g. / Court of Chancery. / Floor of West[minste]:r Hall. / Scale of Feet. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 19/10/1822
    19th. Oct[obe]r. / 1822.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (375 x 506)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This drawing evidently began as a survey drawing, recording the restrictions incumbent upon the available site (compare with SM 37/1/8). It has subsequently been used to explore the parameters within which the Public Corridor and the north wall of the Court of Chancery could be positioned, and the centring of the core walls' arches in relation to the existing buttress pier and its arch.


Sawyer, 1999: p 531, footnote 1567



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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