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  • image SM 53/5/8

Reference number

SM 53/5/8


[331] Preliminary survey on completion, Chief Barons' Retiring Room, c March 1826


Plan with laid-out elevations of the Chief Barons' Retiring Room, with a section of skylight and details, as executed


not to scale


A B C D E F g H / a - three beads flush / b - three beads flush smaller / c 3 beads flush / E - three beads flush / Section on the line A.B / Section on the line C.D / Section on the line E F / D projecting beads / see parts at large / 1 bead / 2 beads flush (x 3) / 3 beads flush / Court of Exchequer / Area / Passage (x 2) / Chief Barons retiring Room / Lanthorn Light - (Ground) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c 03/1826
    dated in accordance with known building campaign

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper (279 x 212)


Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
This drawing appears to be associated with the survey of the Law Courts undertaken by Stephen Burchell in mid-March 1826


see separate entry for SM 53/5/8v


J Whatman / 1823


The sheet is numbered 15 in red pen at the top right-hand corner, and appears to have been detached from a bound volume. In the inscription the references to beading relate to the wainscot of this room, which ran from the floor to the springing of the arches.



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