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Reference number

SM Vol 48/43


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


Interior perspective of the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer, looking north east


to a scale


View of the Court of Exchequer / 9 in all / A / B (x 3) / Black (x 3) / Blue / oak / matting (x 5) / seat / Table / Window (x 2) / white (x 6) / y / yellow (x 3) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    27th. March / 1823

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes including raw umber, burnt sienna, green and blue, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (sheet 272 x 211; drawing 272 x 268)


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. The sheet has a curatorial annotation attributing this drawing to Mee.


The upper part of this drawing continues over the gutter onto SM Vol 48/44. For ease of reference it is treated here as if on a single leaf. A corresponding interior perspective, taken from the north gallery of the Court, is shown on SM Vol 48/39. The perspective appears to be taken from an elevated position at the south-west corner of the Court proper, behind the Judges's tribune. The details are consistent with SM Vol 48/33 and SM Vol 48/39, and an elevation detail of the clock is given in SM Vol 48/40. It presents a valuable record of the interior looking towards Westminster Hall.



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