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SM 53/4/66


[502] Survey drawing with preliminary design, Court of Exchequer, 2 August 1832


Section through the roof of the Court of Exchequer with additional timbers to strengthen the framing (in pencil), as executed


bar scale of 3/4 inch to one foot


Court of Exchequer. dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 02/08/1832
    2nd. Aug[us]t. 1832.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, coloured washes of brown and pink, pen, pricked for transfer on laid paper (465 x 279)


George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 2 August 1832 notes that George Bailey Attended at the Court of / Exchequer to examine the / Truss of [the] Roof.


W Weatherley / 1829


The drawing suggests the addition of strut and collar beams (indicated in pencil) to support the diagonal braces as a solution to the roof's structural problems.



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