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  • image SM Vol 48/38

Reference number

SM Vol 48/38


[50] Survey, Court of Equity, 26 March 1823


Section and elevation details of the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, and detail of the main floor of the Court of Equity


to a rough scale


Cornice above the Columns / in the Court of Exchequer. / Marked x in the View of the Court of Exchequer / Column / Court of Equity dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 26/03/1823
    26th. March 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on wove paper bound into volume (271 x 211)


Arthur Patrick Mee (1802 - 1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 26 March 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making Sketches of the old / Courts at Westminster.


The cornice from the Court of Exchequer is the main one running immediately below the canted plaster ceiling. The elevation of wainscot shows the southern side of the Usher's room beneath the north gallery. In the inscription x relates to the far-right-hand section of the latter visible in drawing SM Vol 48/43. The corbel, carved as a winged demi-grotesque with a scroll issuing form its mouth, carried the supporting arch for a buttress of Westminster Hall, incorporated into the Court of Equity. It is shown in location in SM Vol 48/17 and SM Vol 48/41.



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