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  • image SM Vol 49/14

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SM Vol 49/14


[114] Preliminary survey, The Stone Building, 24 September 1822


Section of a staircase in the central block of The Stone Building


not to scale


Section of Staircase in the Stone Building / leading to the / Augmentation Office / & Mr. Hewitts Ap[artmen]t. / A B C D E / E Kings Bench Record off[ice]. / D Gallery contan[in]g K[ings] B[ench] Records / C & B Augmentation Rooms / A Mr. Hewitts Apartments dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 24/09/1822
    dated in accordance with corresponding Day Book entry

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper bound in volume (211 x 275)


John William Hiort (1772 - 1861), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 24 September 1822 notes that John Hiort was at the Courts of Law - / Taking Plans and / Sections of Staircases /in Stone Building.


Fellows & Sons / 1821


This appears to be a preparatory sketch for SM 37/1/6. The corresponding, opposite side of the stairwell is shown in SM Vol 49/15. These staircases were surveyed again in June 1830 (see SM 51/3/48).



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