Illustration of the Roman Catholic Chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields

Description

This hand-coloured etching and aquatint, part of the Microcosm of London series, depicts the Roman Catholic Chapel of St. Anselm and St. Cecilia in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The building’s long association with the Sardinian Embassy (from 1720–1852) resulted in the chapel becoming colloquially known as the Sardinian Chapel. 

Background to the Microcosm of London collection of prints

The Microcosm of London was published in three volumes between 1808 and 1810 as a result of an ongoing collaboration between publisher Rudolph Ackermann, cartoonist and illustrator Thomas Rowlandson, architectural draughtsman Auguste Charles Pugin, engravers John Bluck, Joseph Constantine Stadler, Thomas Sunderland, John Hill and Richard Bankes Harraden, anonymous hand-colourists and authors William Henry Pyne and William Combe. 

The Microcosm of London tapped into the demand for highly-coloured prints of real-life subjects that proved something of a publishing sensation during the Regency period. As such, the prints stand as a fascinating historical record of London life in the early years of the 19th century. While Pugin’s fine architectural drawings capture the size and shape of the capital’s principal buildings (both externally and from within) Thomas Rowlandson’s keenly observed figures depict the sheer colour and vitality of late Georgian society, rich and poor alike.

Full title:
The Roman Catholic Chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields from Microcosm of London
Published:
1808-10, London
Format:
Book / Illustration / Image
Creator:
Rudolph Ackermann, W H Pyne, William Combe, Augustus Pugin, Thomas Rowlandson
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.194.b.305-307.

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Article by:
Matthew Sangster
Themes:
Town and city, Transforming topography

Advances in print technologies, a growing consumer base and the interventions of clever entrepreneurs led to a burgeoning of prints of London in the 18th and 19th century. Matthew Sangster considers the ways in which these prints represented and organised the city, placing them onto a digital map of London to reveal the geographical and cultural patterns they trace.

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