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Reference number

SM 40/4/18


[4] Design for the new building


Plan of Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot


as above, Adair Jackson Esqr, labelled: Gateway, Strong / Closet, The Accompting House, Court, Area (twice), Warehouse (3 times), Court, 2d Office, Secondaries Office / 1st Office, (pencil) House, Offices

Signed and dated

  • 25 March 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields March 25 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (561 x 683)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


The new building has a single, curved elevation that follows the line drafted on the previous survey (drawing [3]) in pencil. There are two entrances with porticos and a further entrance from the passage to the right of the plan. The façade has 12 bays in total. To the rear of the building is a court. The three warehouses are interconnected, but the '1st' and '2nd' offices are separated from the warehouses. Despite the more regular exterior, the plan of the interior is irregular, with only one symmetrical room (the warehouse to the rear of the building). The pencil lines may suggest Soane's attempts to create a more regular plan. An interesting feature is the geometric staircase at the bottom of the plan, which is wider at one end to accommodate the slanted wall.



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