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image SM 37/3/36

Reference number

SM 37/3/36


[135] Working drawing, Court of Equity and Court of Exchequer, March 1823


Plan of the Court of Equity and the Court of Exchequer, as housed at the southern end of Westminster Hall, with furnishings, as executed


bar scale of 1/4 of an inch to 1 foot


Plan of Temporary Court of Exchequer in Westminster Hall / Barons Room / Court of Exchequer / Cupboard / Flap / Desk (x 4) / Remembrancer / Seat (x 20) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c/03/1823
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of yellow, green and red, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (698 x 515)


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
The drawing is annotated in Soane's hand.
Soane Office, draughtsman


The temporary provisions for the Vice-Chancellor's Court and the Court of Exchequer were under construction by the end of 1822. The Exchequer had been cleared of its furnishings by August that year. They were subsequently re-used, as were the Vice Chancellor's, for their sittings in Westminster Hall. The colour washes used to demark the separate elements of the Courts reflects that found eslewhere (see SM 37/3/25). This plan may have served as the template for SM 51/5/48v, which is to the same scale, but displays finer draughtsmanship.



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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