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SM 14/5/2


[5] Variant design with a chapel


Perspective of A Design for the Improvement of the East Side of Lincolns Inn Fields and for Planting the Area within the Iron Railing with The Plan


(plan) 1/32 inch to 1 foot (?)


as above

Medium and dimensions

Pen, warm sepia, raw umber, sepia, green, blue and red washs, shaded with triple ruled and sepia wash border on wove paper (590 x 920)


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 perspective takes in the dome of St Paul's cathedral and the spire of the church of St Vedast (both by Wren) as well as the south side of Lincolns Inn Fields. There are eleven bays either side of the chapel instead of the 15 bays of drawing [4] and, with the proposed planting added, the result is less agressive than in the previous drawing.



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