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image SM Vol 48/27

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SM Vol 48/27


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


Section through the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, looking south, without furnishings, and detail of elevation and profile of doorway moulding


to a rough scale


Section of the Court of Exchequer / A / Door Brown / springing (x 2) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    27th. March 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, coloured washes of pink and blue, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (272 x 211)


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.


By contrast with the William Capon's view of 1822, the thirteenth-century arches appear more equilateral than segmental (compare Colvin, 1966, p. 38, Fig. 66). The section records the profile of the tester over the Judges's seats, the profile of the clock (indicated by dotted line). The moulding profile of the doorway leading to the Court of Equity (labelled A in the inscription) is also shown.



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