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Lincoln's Inns Fields

Lincoln's Inns Fields

Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: Ktop XXI

Item number: 33

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Lincoln's Inn Fields, the largest square in London. The fields had been common waste land during the middle ages. It was only in the first half of the 17th century that housing development began, when William Newton built 32 houses. The square was a fashionable place to live, although in the open grassland there were executions, fights and robberies. The square was in between the Strand and Holborn which meant many lawyers lived here. William Pitt had his chambers here in 1778, while several Lord Chancellors lived here. The houses to the right are now where the Royal College of Surgeons is.

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