Described by Henry James as “one of the most curious things in London,” Sir John Soane’s Museum was built as the picturesque and enigmatic home, office, collector’s trove, and personal showplace of one of history’s most innovative architects. This exhibition is a major re-evaluation of Soane’s career, as well as a reconsideration of his importance to the history of modern architecture and his continuing relevance for architects today.
John Soane 1753–1837 features more than two hundred objects from Sir John Soane’s Museum, including Soane’s sketches and drawings, more than twenty-five original models, a selection of his books and drawing instruments, and paintings by Joseph Michael Gandy together with a selection of objects from the CCA collection.
Curators: Margaret Richardson, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and Mary Anne Stevens, Royal Academy of Arts.
Exhibition design: Umberto Riva, Milan.
Graphic design: Louis-Charles Lasnier, Montreal.
Organizer: Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.