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Reference number

SM 14/5/3


[4] Alternative design with the addition of a chapel


Perspective from the front


A Design for the improvement of the East side of Lincolns Inn Fields & for planting the Area within the Iron Railing, This Design consists of a Chapel in the Centre & five dwelling Houses on each side

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, warm sepia, sepia, burnt umber and blue washes, shaded with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (433 x 743)


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 design now includes (in the centre) a chapel with a portico of six Ionc columns. On each side, are 15 bays of three-storey terrace houses with an added storey to nine of the bays that are topped by a further attic storey. The first and second floors are articulated by Corinthian pilasters and the general effect, unsoftened by trees and shrubs, is somewhat agressive.



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