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SM 32/2B/1A


[1] Survey drawing


The Plan of Lincolns Inn Fields with Proposed New Buildings


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, Newmans Row, Holborn Row, Gate Street, Queen Street, Duke Street, Portsmouth Street, Portugal Row, Serle Street, Lincolns Inn Garden, New Houses, Foot Way (twice), dimensions include: 550 ft, 374 feet, 350 feet, 56.0, 56.6, 55.6, N S E W, (feint pencil) Mr Gree / plan 390 ft by 260 = 2 1/3 acre, Garden abt 7 1/10 Acres / Area from House to --- / abt 12 1/3 Acres / Area from Railings of / Front courts including footway / abt 10 1/3 acres

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pen, blue, pink, yellow and sepia washes with quadruple ruled and sepia wash border, pricked for transfer on wove paper (373 x 447)


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 plan is diagrammatic, that is, without details of buildings or planting and concerned primarily with dimensions. 'New Houses' that is, the site for the proposed buildings is shown (in a mauve-ish wash) on the eastern side of the Fields (left-hand side of the drawing).



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