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Reference number

SM 40/4/13


[3] Site survey




bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


Adair Jackson Esqr, Lincoln's Inn Fields, (pencil) Warehouses & Counting Houses / on the Ground Floor and other, illegible, pencil inscriptions

Signed and dated

  • 18 March 1802
    March 18th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (550 x 671)


Charles Malton (1788)
Pupil February 1802 - December 1809.


This drawing gives the first hint of Soane's initial design for the façade of the new building. A pencil line curving from the bottom centre to the middle right of the plan has been drawn over the survey, representing Soane's idea of introducing a single curved elevation to Fountain Court.



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