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SM 14/5/5


[2] Design for front elevation 27 bays wide


View of the proposed new Buildings, forming the East side of Lincolns Inn Fields, taken from the Centre of the West End


to a scale


as above

Signed and dated

  • 00/05/1800
    John Soane Arch: May 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, warm sepia, raw umber, blue, green and pink washes, shaded with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (432 x 747)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Entries for the scheme appear in the Soane office Day Book from 21 May to 26 May 1800. Seward is given as the draughtsman except on 22 May when it was Joseph Gandy and Seward. The client is described as :'The Trustees of the Lincolns Inn Fields' of which Soane was one.


The 27- bay elevation is three storeys high apart from the centre and the ends which have an extra storey of seven and two bays respectively. The design is simple with a few pairs of pilasters for ornament and, with a liiberal application of trees and shrubs (perhaps added by Gandy), seems to aim at being as inoffensive as possible. The dome of St Paul's cathedral is shown on the right-hand side.



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