Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [121] Survey, Sessions House, Clerkenwell, 25 May 1821
  • image SM 37/3/33

Reference number

SM 37/3/33


[121] Survey, Sessions House, Clerkenwell, 25 May 1821


Section through the main floor of the Sessions House, Clerkenwell, with furnishings


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Section of the Court at the Sessions House Clerkenwell / Line of Floor / Magistrates / desk / Council Table. / Attornies seat / Bar.

Signed and dated

  • 25/03/1821
    May 1821

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (543 x 334)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 25 May 1821 notes that Arthur Mee was Drawing [a] plan of [the] / Court of the Sessions House, Clerkenwell.


Rough pencil study of roof structure, unidentified


The hand and technique on this drawing are more finely deployed than in SM 37/3/32, though clearly related to the same project. The date is in a different hand to the rest of the inscriptions.


Sawyer, 1999: p. 500; footnote 1471



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.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).