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SM 37/3/15


[83] Survey, Court of Exchequer, c 27 March 1823


Section through the main floor of the Court of Exchequer, showing the roof structure, without the coved plaster ceiling


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Section of the Roof of the Old Exchequer Court / Floor Line / (pencil) Oak - dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    dated in accordance with the corresponding Day Book entry

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of yellow and pink, pen, on wove paper (342 x 388)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
This drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Possibly Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 March 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making drawings of the Court / of Exchequer at Westminster.


This drawing shows a section of the framing for the roof over the Exchequer court, omitting five-sided plaster ceiling and cornice, which left the tie beams and struts visible to the interior (see SM Vol 48/25). It may have been taken at the easternmost bay, adjacent to Westminster Hall, as there is no indication of the valley between this roof and that of the Court's north aisle. Given these discrepancies, this drawing is more diagrammatic than an accurate survey per se.



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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