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Model for the Law Courts, London, lantern, designed by Sir John Soane
Museum number: M1353
This simple study of the vaulting for a lantern is very similar to M1454; it differs from the latter in having a circular instead of an octagonal aperture. According to the 1836 inventory M1454 was connected with the lantern of the Court of Common Pleas, but it bears little resemblance to that specific design. It is more likely that both were ‘notional’ studies for developing the structure of lanterns in several of the Law Courts.
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
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