bar scale 1/8 inch to 1 foot
Ground Plan of Courts of / Exchequer / Common Pleas / Offices / Coffee Houses / Cellars &c. / Tower and / Staircase / of West[minste]r. Hall / This part / pulled down / Wine Cellar (x 5) / Closet (x 5) / Record Room under / the Exchequer Court / commonly called the / Queen's Kitchen / Passage leading into Westminster Hall / Parlor / Scullery / Yard / attached / to the Exchequer / Coffee House / Kitchen / Bar (x 3) / Room / Parlor / New Palace Yard / Kitchen / Oliver's / Coffee Room / (Mr. Dund) / Exchequer / Coffee Room / Mrs. Fendall / Bed / Chamber (x 2) / Saint Margaretts Street / DD EE FF GG / Conference R[oo]m (x 2) / The [_] Room (x 2) / barrons dimensions given
Signed and dated
Sep[tembe]r. 7 1822
dated on SM 37/3/5
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, wash, pen, on wove paper (504 x 369), original sheet comprising of (251 x 369) SM/37/3/6 and (253 x 369) SM/37/3/5.
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 7 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was working on the Courts of Law / About Plans &c.
fleur de lys and monogram dated 1817
Though catalogued as two separate sheets (SM 37/3/5 and SM 37/3/6), it is clear that this drawing was originally one sheet, which has divided along a vertical central fold. SM 37/3/6 formed the left-hand half and SM 37/3/5 the right-hand half of the original sheet. It is described here as per its original form. The area covered by the plan is immediately adjacent to the north-west corner of Westminster Hall. In the inscription, the section lines inscribed DD, EE, FF and GG correspond with the sections on SM 37/3/8. The plan of the Court of Common Pleas is only lightly drawn at the top right of SM 37/3/5, implying a focus solely upon the existing buildings which fell under the purview of the Court of Exchequer.
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