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image SM 53/5/7

Reference number

SM 53/5/7


[343] Preliminary survey on completion, Court of King's Bench, 19 September 1826


Sections through the skylight for the main (ground) floor of the Court of King's Bench, after alterations, as finally executed


to a rough scale


Skylight of the C[our]t. of / King's Bench. as altered. / A (x 5) / brick (x 2) / Fret as in the C[our]t. of Exc[hequer]. /Stone (x 3) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 19/09/1826
    19th. Sept[embe]r. 1826. (S[tephen]. B[urchell].)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (213 x 274)


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
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see the separate entry for drawing SM 53/5/7v


This drawing records the form of the lantern light over the Court room in its final form (compare SM 53/3/1 - 2). Also recorded is the chimneystack for fireplaces within the rooms of the linking range between Westminster Hall and the Court of King's Bench; the stack in question being concealed from New Palace Yard behind the crenelles of the parapet.



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