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image SM Vol 48/23

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SM Vol 48/23


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


Interior perspective of the ground floor level beneath the Court of Exchequer from the west, during the course of demolition


to a rough scale


View of the room Under the Court of Exchequer

Signed and dated

27th. March / 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, colour washes including raw umber and Payne's grey, wash, on wove paper bound in volume (272 x 211)


Mee, Arthur Patrick (1802--1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 27 March 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making drawings of the Court / of Exchequer at Westminster. There is a curatorial annotation attributing this drawing to Mee.


This perspective appears to be taken during the early phases of demolition, during which inscriptions were found on each column's stone base. A drawing of them by William Thomas held in Westminster City Library is reproduced in Colvin, 1966, p. 38, fig. 68.



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