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SM 53/5/9v


[283] Preliminary survey on completion, Court of Exchequer, c March 1826


Plan of the main floor of the Court of Exchequer and adjacent ancillary spaces, with plan of the ceiling, including section, and two quarter sections of the east and west walls, as executed


not to scale


Section on the line AB looking / towards the Tribunal / Section on the line AB looking towards the Hall. / N.B the other half corresponds. / down (x 4) / Area (x 2) / this Room / coving as / on the other side / real window / in the other wall / 41/2 reveal / 2 beads flush / 1 projecting bead / 1 bead flush / the other side / the same / Court of Common Pleas / Old / Pier (x 2) / Plan of 6 / [_] / Tribunal. / Court of Equity / W[ater]. C[loset]. / passage dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 15/03/1826 - 22/03/1826
    dated in accordance with corresponding entries in the Day Books

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, on wove paper (281 x 212)


Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman


The sheet appears to have been detached from a bound volume. Both recto and verso drawings appear to be associated with the survey of the Law Courts undertaken by Stephen Burchell in mid-March 1826.



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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