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  • image SM Vol 48/13

Reference number

SM Vol 48/13


[7] Survey, Court of Exchequer and Court of Common Pleas, 7 April 1823


Plan of the ground floor of the Courts of Exchequer, Equity and Common Pleas and adjacent offices, with detail of vault behind the Court of Common Pleas


to a rough scale


Plan of the buildings adjoining / the Courts of Exchequer & Common Pleas / Olivers Coffee House / Coffee room / Bed room / Kitchen / Closet (x 2) / Tower leading into the Exchequer Court / Parlour / Bar room / Coffee room Vault behind the / Court of Common Pleas / New Walk of the Court / Court of Exchequer / A B dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 07/04/1823
    7th. April 1823.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pink wash, pen, on wove paper (211 x 272).


Mee, Arthur Patrick (1802--1868), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 7 April 1823 notes that Arthur Mee was Making Sketches of the Courts / at Westminster.


In the inscription, labels A and B relate to detail plans of the entrance of the Court of Common Pleas, shown on the adjacent leaf (SM Vol 48/14).



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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