Architectural Drawings: Hidden Masterpieces of the Sir John Soane Museum

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Architectural Drawings: Hidden Masterpieces of the Sir John Soane Museum

A large format visual compilation of some of the best architectural drawings from Sir John Soane’s extensive collection.

Architect, teacher and collector Sir John Soane compiled what was probably the world’s first comprehensive collection of architectural drawings. Comprising 30,000 drawings at the time of his death in 1837, it remains one of the jewels of architectural art.

The quality of Soane’s collection is hardly equaled elsewhere, but due to their fragility these objects are rarely seen by the public. This magnificent book brings together for the first time the most exquisite and important works from Soane’s collection of drawings, presented in large format to allow detail to show through on the page.

Soane Museum curator Frances Sands takes the reader on a curated tour of the collection, giving an insightful description of each piece. It also explores what prompted Soane to amass such a collection and where his various important acquisitions came from.

The book offers a lavish opportunity to peruse some of the finest architectural drawings in existence, including Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s view of the Temple of Neptune, John Thorpe’s elevation of Old Somerset House, and Joseph Michael Gandy’s sectional view of the Bank of England. Works by Montano, Wren, Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh, Gibbs, Kent, Chambers, Adam, Clérisseau, Pêcheux, Wyatt, Playfair, Nash, Reynolds and of course Soane himself, are also on display.

It is a unique and beautifully presented insight into Sir John Soane’s collection of architectural drawings and is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of architecture.

About the Author:

Dr Frances Sands is Curator of Drawings and Books at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. His research interests are in the architectural designs of Georgian Britain. In 2010, she was appointed Catalog Editor at the Soane Museum, with responsibility for cataloging the collection of Robert and James Adam desk drawings. In 2016, she was promoted to Curator of Drawings and Books, assuming responsibility for the Soane Museum’s collection of 30,000 drawings and 7,000 books, as well as overseeing the Soane Museum’s research library and cataloging projects. drawings. She lectures and is widely published. Fran has also served as a trustee of the York Georgian Society, the Mausolea and Monuments Trust and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. She lives in Hertfordshire and is available for interview.

  • ISBN

    9781849945851

  • Title

    Architectural Drawings: Hidden Masterpieces of the Sir John Soane Museum

  • Author

    Frances Sands

  • Editor

    Batsford

  • Publication year

    2021

  • Restrictive

    hardcover

  • Language

    English

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