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Jam-packed with treasures: the eccentric Sir John Soane’s Museum

The delightfully higgledy-piggledy display of antiquities, filling walls from floor to ceiling, may have been inspired by the Piranesi prints Soane also collected

15 June 2024

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15 June 2024

9:00 AM

John Soane’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Reflections on an Architect and His Collection Bruce Boucher

Yale University Press, pp.224, 35

Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of London’s most eccentric buildings, containing a riot of classical fragments, paintings, architectural models and plaster casts jammed in to overflowing narrow galleries packed into a Georgian town house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane viewed it as a reflection of his busy intellect, ‘studies for my own mind’, he said, and Bruce Boucher’s new book reveals how the architect, famous for designing the Bank of England, put together the remarkable collection that visitors can still see today.

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