Living in the House
Here we see how Georgian and Regency house was lived in. The South Drawing Room at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is shown, with its striking yellow walls and furnishings. We also see the Breakfast Room at number 12, Soane’s first house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This was decorated with a pattern of trellis and honeysuckle on the vaulted ceiling.
Soane’s bedroom and bathroom in number 13 show the intimate aspect of his life and we see how water was brought into the house. Dining is shown in an elegant, Soane-designed dining room and we see a Georgian kitchen designed by a contemporary of Soane’s - James Playfair.
In Georgian London, many of the pipes which supplied the city with fresh water were made of wood, hollowed-out tree trunks fitted one into the next. Drawing number 1 is a view of them at Bagnigge Wells near what is now King’s Cross. Soane used this illustration in his lectures to contrast the leaky wooden pipes in London with the sophisticated water supply he admired in Paris. Water was supplied to the houses in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, where the Soane Museum is located, from 1741 by The New River Water Company.
Number 2 is the receipt for supplying water to Soane’s house for 1810. The supply was not very reliable and the complaints procedure is on this receipt. Soane may also have had a well (one was recently discovered in number 12 which may date from an earlier house on the site). Wells would have been common in Georgian houses.