Serjeant Sharp of Lincoln's Inn part 04
The Industrial Revolution led to the development of the middle classes and to more people entering the professions. Music Hall songs specialised in parodying those who were social climbers. Here Alfred 'The Great' Vance caricatures a lawyer, wearing his recognisable robes and wig. Every barrister in London belongs to one of a number of ancient societies. Lincoln's Inn in Holborn is one of the most prestigious, the square in which it stands was designed by Inigo Jones and during the 18th and 19th Centuries it was the most fashionable square in which to be seen.