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image SM Vol 48/10

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SM Vol 48/10


[102] Survey, Court of Exchequer Record Room, 10 April 1823


Perspective elevation of a Norman window uncovered in the Record Room of the Court of Exchequer, adjoining the west wall of Westminster Hall, with elevation details of cushion capitals


to a rough scale


View of two Caps in the Wall of West[minste]r. Hall and record room / Line of Ceiling / red (x 3) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10/04/1823
    10th. April 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes including yellow, ochre and umber, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (209 x 272)


Probably Mee, Arthur Patrick (1802--1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for 10 April 1823 record that Arthur Mee and David Mocatta were both Making Sketches at Westminster.
Possibly David Alfred Mocatta (1806 - 1882), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for 10 April 1823 record that Arthur Mee and David Mocatta were both Making Sketches at Westminster.


This drawing records the discovery of the Norman fenestration of Westminster Hall, as originally built by William Rufus. A location in the Court of Exchequer's Record Room would place this window high at the northern corner of the Hall's western wall. A section through this room, not to be confused with the Record room adjacent to the stair turret passage, is given in SM Vol 48/29. Surviving traces of decorative paintwork, of a later period than the window, are also recorded. These include a large-scale pattern in red, and part of a pictorial subject, showing a wing in front of an architectural feature.

A photograph of a copy of this drawing, with additional inscriptions, is illustrated in Cherry & Stratford (1995) p. 55. The illustration is taken from Westminster City Archive, Box 59, no. 42 B.


Colvin, 1966, p.41, Fig. 87.



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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