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image SM Vol 48/22

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SM Vol 48/22


[95] Survey, Court of Exchequer, 29 March 1823


Elevation of a thirteenth-century two-light window and adjacent openings on the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, with section of wall beneath


to a rough scale


Elevation of a Window in the Court of Exchequer / x / springing / Bricks dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 29/03/1823
    March 29th / 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (211 x 272)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 29 March 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making Sketches of the old / Courts at Westminster.


This window shown in this drawing, of which only the barred right-hand light may be open, appears stylistically contemporaneous with the earlier recorded Exchequer buildings on this site, dating from the reign of Henry III. Under a two-centred arch are two trefoil-headed lights, beneath a plate-tracery quatrefoil. The hood moulding is terminated by head stops. An elevation of the wall surrounding this window is given in SM Vol 48/24. This drawing records its (original) external face. Colvin locates this window in the west wall of the Court in light of the comparative survey by John Buckler in 1822 (Colvin, 1966, pp.38-39, Figs 69-71).


Colvin, 1966, p.39, Fig. 71.



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