original diary cover

Soane kept a notebook during the building of Number 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, now his Museum. We will be publishing the entries day by day to mark the 200th anniversary of this build - follow this link for more details.

October 6th 1812

Transcription & Scan

Tuesday 6 Oct[ober]. The two statues were brought here this morning punctually to Mr Sealy’s promise between 10 and 11 and in the course of the afternoon they were raised into their proper places and the workmen began to remove [strike has been crossed out] the upper part of the Scaffolding

scan of sir john soane diary entry on October 6th 1812

Commentary

The two statues are the Coade Stone female figures after those on the Erechtheion in Athens, visible on the facade of No.13. On November 6th Soane paid for them, noting in his accounts ‘Coade & Sealey £40’.