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SM Vol 61/63


[271] Survey on completion, Court of Common Pleas, 15 August 1826


Interior perspective of the ceiling and lantern of the Court of Common Pleas, seen from the main (ground) floor, as executed


to a scale


View of part of the Ceiling and Lantern Light / in the Court of Common Pleas. / No. 15 (erased)

Signed and dated

  • 15/08/1826
    15th. Aug[u]st. 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of blue, burnt umber and sepia, within single ruled border on laid paper (281 x 454) mounted on buff sugar paper bound in volume (339 x 532)


Attributed to Joseph Michael Gandy ARA (1771 - 1843), draughtsman
Attributed to Gandy by Richardson & Stevens (1999)


The ceiling of Common Pleas, like the space below it, was a regular square thereby making it impossible to triangulate the viewpoint adopted here. A wooden model for the ceiling, omitting the lantern, survives (SM M1179). A separate model for the lower part of the lantern, including the pierced spandrels, also survives (see SM M1454).


Summerson 1952, pl. 56, illustrated p. 87.
Richardson & Stevens 1999, Cat. No. 206; p. 274, illustrated p. 275.



Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001

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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