bar scale of 1/18 inch to 1 foot
Plan of the Second Floor / Scale of Feet / A B C D E F G H I K / A Court of Exchequer / B Exchequer Chamber / C. Court of Common Pleas / D Teasurers Remembrancer's Office.- / E. Kings Remembrancers Office / F. Kings Remembrancers Clerks Office / G. Treasurers Remembrancers Office / H. Kings Remembrancers Office / I. Passage to the Court of Exchequer / K. Kings Bench Records.-
Signed and dated
dated in accordance with corresponding Day Book entry
Medium and dimensions
Pen, wash, pink wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (544 x 375)
Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Day Book entries for 6 - 7 April 1824 note that Stephen Burchell was Copying Plans of Buildings / at Westminster.
This plan is evidently a copy of an existing drawing (whereabouts unknown), prepared before the demolition of the Augmentation Office, which is shown projecting from the north-west corner of the site. However, it does not show the eastern flanking range of The Stone Building, which was used by the House of Commons, rather than the Law Courts. The Judges' Coachouse, located between the central block of The Stone Building and the King's and Treasurer's Remembrancer's Offices, is also absent, suggesting it had been demolished at the time of the original survey (see SM 37/1/17). The perimeter line of the New Law Courts along St Margaret's Street agrees with that indicated in SM 32/7/27. There are minute, amateurish pencil sketches of ornamental details below the bar scale.
Though undated, this drawing appears to be related to the series of copies made from drawings held by the Office of Works in April 1824. It is clearly related to SM 37/2/28, which shows the same plan to the same dimensions, but without the perimeter line and annotations.
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