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  • image SM Vol 48/44

Reference number

SM Vol 48/44


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


Details of the main (first) floor of the Court of Exchequer


to a rough scale



Signed and dated

  • 27/03/1823
    The date is attributed on the grounds of similar details of the Court of Exchequer on SM Vol 48/42, which accompany the perspective in SM Vol 48/43. The latter view also runs over the gutter onto the same leaf as SM Vol 48/44.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, on wove paper bound in volume (sheet 272 x 211; drawing 272 x 143)


Arthur Patrick Mee (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.


A very faint perspective sketch of the Court of Common Pleas, looking south west


These details appear to relate to the perspective of the Court of Exchequer's main (first) floor in SM Vol 48/43. In the inscription the upper detail, labelled A, shows the junction of the moulding under north gallery balustrade with the oak beam carrying the floor of the eastern Record Room. The lower shows the foliate capital, head stop, arch and hood mouldings, of one of the thirteenth-century arches in the Court's south wall. It appears not to belong to the same arched opening as that shown in SM Vol 48/42.



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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