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SM Adam volume 28/15


[1] Finished drawing showing a plan for the scheme, 1772-74, unexecuted


Plan showing the proposed buildings for Lincoln's Inn, set within the street plan and fields of the local area, with the principal building being a large rectangular block, with a central, colonnaded, segmental recess on the Chancery Lane (West) side, and two segmental recesses on the Lincoln’s Inn Fields (east) side, with a portico between, behind which is a colonnaded circular room, and a rectangular hall with apsidal ends, and with pencil annotations showing a small alternative plan


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


Lincolns Inn fields / Holborn / Southampton Buildings / Chancery Lane / Quality (?) Court / Cursitor Street / White's Ally / Beam [Breams] Buildings / Baptist Head Yard / Baptist Head Tavern / Bishops Court / Chichester Rents / Carey Street / Lincolns Inn New Square (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1772-74
    date range: 1772-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including terre verte on laid paper (1829 x 964)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, and with pencil annotations probably in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
Hradsky, 2009, p. 102
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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