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image SM 53/5/16v

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SM 53/5/16v


[244] Preliminary survey on completion, Vice Chancellor's Court, 3-8 January 1825


Plan of the main floor of the Vice Chancellor's Court and ancillary spaces, including the Court room ceiling with section through mouldings, shown with lantern and skylights, as originally executed


not to scale


Fret / Judges Seat / Water Closet dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 03/01/1825 - 08/01/1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, on wove paper (281 x 210)


Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for 3 - 8 January 1825 record that Stephen Burchell was engaged in drawing the Court of King's Bench.


The same details of skylights are shown more accurately in SM 53/4/69. The three arches giving access to the Public Corridor and Westminster Hall were altered after construction to form a single segmental arch (see SM 53/5/22v).



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