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Reference number

SM 14/5/4


[3] Design for the same 27-bay elevation


Lincolns Inn Fields / A view of the Proposed new Buildings at the East end , Design No1 with The Plan of the Houses thirteen in number


(plan) ? 3/8 inch to 10 feet


as above, The two fronts to be in all respects / regular. / Each House to have a garden of the same width as the front of the House / and 47 feet deep but no buildings of any kind to be suffered in the / Garden more than three feet in / height above the present level / of the Grass plat: / The Gardens / to be separated from each other by / neat uniform Iron Railing and (plan) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13, The Plan of the Houses, thirteen in number and The line of the present Iron Railing

Signed and dated

  • 00/05/1800
    John Soane Archt May 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, warm sepia, raw umber and blue washes, shaded with quadruple ruled and warm sepia wash border on wove paper (648 x 736)


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 plans pf the thirteen houses vary so that while all have a back door, the end houses have side entrances. The front doors of the houses to the left are placed to the left and those on the right to the right while in the middle, No.7 is a little wider than the other houses and has a door in the centre.



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