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Science Museum

Learn about the power of mathematics on London architecture through an 18th-century door salvaged from Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Object:

On London History Day, the Science Museum will show a doorcase from 56 Lincoln's Inn Fields currently on display in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery. When we look at the buildings around us today, we are seeing ideas about geometry, proportion and harmony.

The dimensions of features such as columns and doorframes are all dictated by classical rules of proportion, which had a practical use when designing and constructing buildings. They also convey an ancient belief in the power of mathematics to reveal the beauty inherent in nature.

This wooden door case was salvaged from an 18th-century house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Central London, demolished in 1912. It comprised Ionic columns supporting a bold triangular pediment above the door, and was considered by architectural historians at the time as being the only part of an otherwise unremarkable house to be of interest. It can be seen in the Beauty & Form area of Mathematics: The Winton Gallery on level 2 of the Science Museum.

Doorcase from 56 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Visit the Science Museum to see the power of mathematics on London architecture through an 18th-century door salvaged from Lincoln’s Inn Fields © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London | English Heritage, Architectural Study Collection

Visit:

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2DD

Open 10am - 6pm (last entry 5.15pm)

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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