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image SM Vol 48/21

Reference number

SM Vol 48/21


[93] Survey, Court of Exchequer, 27 March 1823


Elevation and section details of a stone and brick chimneypiece at ground floor level beneath the Court of Exchequer


to a rough scale


Elevation of Chinmey Piece under the Court of Exchequer / Brickwork / Plan / A (x 2) / B 3/4 inch. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    27th. March 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (209 x 272)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 match 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making drawings of the Court / of Exchequer at Westminster.


The chimneypiece's architectural details, such as the moulding profile and pseudo four-centred arch, suggest a date coterminous with the reconstruction of the Exchequer range during the reign of Elizabeth I. It stood towards the south-east corner of the room beneath the Court of Exchequer, and is shown in elevation on SM Vol 48/6.


Colvin, 1966, p.39, Fig. 78.



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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