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  • image SM 37/3/16

Reference number

SM 37/3/16


[134] Presentation drawing, Court of Equity and Court of Exchequer, 5 March 1823


Plan of the Court of Equity and the Court of Exchequer, as housed at the south end of Westminster Hall, as executed


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


Westminster Hall / Scale of Feet / Exhibited to the Lord Chief Baron & app[roved]:- dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 05/03/1823
    5 March 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, ochre wash, pen, within triple ruled border on wove paper (552 x 424)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Charles Edward Papendiek (1801 - 1835), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 5 March 1823 notes that Charles Papendick was About drawings of / the Exchequer & Equity / Courts.


Weatherley & Lane / 1818


This drawing appears to have been prepared for Soane's meeting with the Lord Chief Baron, Sir Richard Richards, on 5 March 1823; an event recorded in the Day Books. The latter, as the foremost judge of the Court of Exchequer, would have had the final say over the design of such temporary accommodation.



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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