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image SM Vol 48/25

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SM Vol 48/25


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


Section of the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, looking west


to a rough scale


Section of the Court of Exchequer / x / 10 Bricks / matting A / green (x 2) / door dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    27th. March 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (212 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.


This drawing covers two adjacent leaves and is numbered as if two sheets (SM Vol 48/25 and SM Vol 48/26). For ease and consistency of reference it is catalogued here as two sheets. The section shows the wainscot beneath the gallery which enclosed the Usher's room in the north-east corner of the Court. The profile of the polygonal plaster ceiling is also indicated. It differs from the view given in John Buckler's 1822 survey in that the thirteenth-century window to the left of the stair turret passage door had not yet been uncovered (illustrated in Colvin, 1966, p.38 , Fig. 67).



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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