Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum The house and museum of Sir John Soane, renowned neo-classical architect. Home to an eclectic collection of art, architecture and all manner of treasures!
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Entry free, timed ticketing from 1 Aug Welcome to the page of Sir John Soane's Museum. Sir John Soane, R.A., architect, was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane designed his house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived alone, constantly adding

Entry free, timed ticketing from 1 Aug Welcome to the page of Sir John Soane's Museum. Sir John Soane, R.A., architect, was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane designed his house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived alone, constantly adding

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1,940 years ago, on 13 September 81 AD, the Roman Emperor Titus died from a fever aged only 41. Prior to succeeding his ...
13/09/2021

1,940 years ago, on 13 September 81 AD, the Roman Emperor Titus died from a fever aged only 41. Prior to succeeding his father, Emperor Vespasian, Titus was renowned as a military commander, particularly for his capture of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Titus succeeded Vespasian in 79 AD, and although he only ruled for two years, he undertook important works including the completion of the Colosseum, and the relief of suffering following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was succeeded by his brother Domitian, who in 81 AD erected an honorific arch, the Arch of Titus in Rome, in commemoration of Titus’s suppression of Judea and the fall of Jerusalem. It came to symbolise the Jewish diaspora. This cast records a portion of foliate ornamentation from the Arch of Titus.

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1,940 years ago, on 13 September 81 AD, the Roman Emperor Titus died from a fever aged only 41. Prior to succeeding his father, Emperor Vespasian, Titus was renowned as a military commander, particularly for his capture of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Titus succeeded Vespasian in 79 AD, and although he only ruled for two years, he undertook important works including the completion of the Colosseum, and the relief of suffering following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was succeeded by his brother Domitian, who in 81 AD erected an honorific arch, the Arch of Titus in Rome, in commemoration of Titus’s suppression of Judea and the fall of Jerusalem. It came to symbolise the Jewish diaspora. This cast records a portion of foliate ornamentation from the Arch of Titus.

#onthisday #onthisdayinhistory #objectoftheweek #art #ancienthistory #ancientrome #ancient #classics #archaeology #architecture

Happy 268th birthday to Sir John Soane, born #OnThisDay in 1753! Soane appears to have taken little pleasure in his birt...
10/09/2021

Happy 268th birthday to Sir John Soane, born #OnThisDay in 1753! Soane appears to have taken little pleasure in his birthdays, marking the date in his diaries but otherwise mostly spending them working. The exception is his 66th birthday, which he spent in Paris during his visit there in 1819, visiting its churches and monuments constructed during Napoleon's reign. Image: Sir John Soane aged 76, portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Happy 268th birthday to Sir John Soane, born #OnThisDay in 1753! Soane appears to have taken little pleasure in his birthdays, marking the date in his diaries but otherwise mostly spending them working. The exception is his 66th birthday, which he spent in Paris during his visit there in 1819, visiting its churches and monuments constructed during Napoleon's reign. Image: Sir John Soane aged 76, portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence

On Wednesday and Thursday we'll be participating in #OpenHouseLondon 2021. We'll be running a limited number of small 4-...
06/09/2021

On Wednesday and Thursday we'll be participating in #OpenHouseLondon 2021. We'll be running a limited number of small 4-person tours of the Private Apartments, which have been closed since lockdown began. Tours will run at 10:30am, 11:15am 1:15pm and 2pm and bookable to visitors on site.
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On Wednesday and Thursday we'll be participating in #OpenHouseLondon 2021. We'll be running a limited number of small 4-person tours of the Private Apartments, which have been closed since lockdown began. Tours will run at 10:30am, 11:15am 1:15pm and 2pm and bookable to visitors on site.
#SoaneMuseum

The Romance of Ruins ends tomorrow! Come and see the exhibition at the Soane this weekend, or view the show online. Link...
04/09/2021

The Romance of Ruins ends tomorrow! Come and see the exhibition at the Soane this weekend, or view the show online. Link in bio
#exhibition #Romanceofruins #exhibition #art #artist #museum

The Romance of Ruins ends tomorrow! Come and see the exhibition at the Soane this weekend, or view the show online. Link in bio
#exhibition #Romanceofruins #exhibition #art #artist #museum

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Ll...
03/09/2021

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
The Library Dining Room. Photo by Matt Clayton

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
The Library Dining Room. Photo by Matt Clayton

“From earliest youth not a moment must be lost by him who desires to become a great artist.” - Sir John SoanePhoto: The ...
03/09/2021

“From earliest youth not a moment must be lost by him who desires to become a great artist.” - Sir John Soane
Photo: The Picture Room. Photo by Matt Clayton

“From earliest youth not a moment must be lost by him who desires to become a great artist.” - Sir John Soane
Photo: The Picture Room. Photo by Matt Clayton

J M Gandy's paintings offer an extraordinary insight into the development of Sir John Soane's Museum over his lifetime. ...
02/09/2021
A glimpse of the Museum in 1822

J M Gandy's paintings offer an extraordinary insight into the development of Sir John Soane's Museum over his lifetime. In our final article of the day, Helen explores the Museum through his paintings https://www.soane.org/features/glimpse-museum-1822

In 1822 Joseph Michael Gandy prepared a striking pair of composite watercolour views of 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields for John Soane.

Today marks 250 years since the birth of Soane's draughtsman, the artist Joseph Michael Gandy. We're celebrating with a ...
02/09/2021
Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843) and Sir John Soane (1753-1837)

Today marks 250 years since the birth of Soane's draughtsman, the artist Joseph Michael Gandy. We're celebrating with a series of blogs by members of our curatorial department. In our first blog, Archivist Sue Palmer introduces Gandy and his relationship with Soane. https://www.soane.org/features/joseph-michael-gandy-1771-1843-and-sir-john-soane-1753-1837

J M Gandy was born 250 years ago on 2 September 1771. Sue Palmer introduces the architectural draughtsman and his relationship with Sir John Soane.

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of our Soane Lates. Explore the Museum after dark, lit by candlelight, hear spe...
01/09/2021

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of our Soane Lates. Explore the Museum after dark, lit by candlelight, hear special spotlight talks and enjoy a glass of wine in the South Drawing Room.
Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment at https://www.soane.org/lates

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of our Soane Lates. Explore the Museum after dark, lit by candlelight, hear special spotlight talks and enjoy a glass of wine in the South Drawing Room.
Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment at https://www.soane.org/lates

An image of a Mughal prince from holding a mango, from an album of Indian miniatures created c.1760. The subject is iden...
31/08/2021

An image of a Mughal prince from holding a mango, from an album of Indian miniatures created c.1760. The subject is identified beneath as Jahangir a Mughal Emperor who died #OnThisDay 1569.
#SoaneMuseum #Book #bookstagram #art #artist #mughal #mughalart

An image of a Mughal prince from holding a mango, from an album of Indian miniatures created c.1760. The subject is identified beneath as Jahangir a Mughal Emperor who died #OnThisDay 1569.
#SoaneMuseum #Book #bookstagram #art #artist #mughal #mughalart

“I have seen with my own eyes and measured with my own hands the fragments of many ancient buildings.” - Palladio. Worki...
29/08/2021

“I have seen with my own eyes and measured with my own hands the fragments of many ancient buildings.” - Palladio. Working from Roman remains as artefacts became a rite of passage for Neoclassical architects, and helps explain Soane’s extraordinary collection of Roman architectural fragments.

“I have seen with my own eyes and measured with my own hands the fragments of many ancient buildings.” - Palladio. Working from Roman remains as artefacts became a rite of passage for Neoclassical architects, and helps explain Soane’s extraordinary collection of Roman architectural fragments.

Sir John Soane's two sons, John Junior (right) and George (left). George Soane was born #OnThisDay in 1789. Though known...
28/08/2021

Sir John Soane's two sons, John Junior (right) and George (left). George Soane was born #OnThisDay in 1789. Though known for his frivolous behaviour that ultimately landed him in debtor's prison, George was also a skilled translator, and an author of several Gothic novels. George's quarrels with his father led to the Museum and its collection being gifted to the Nation instead in Soane's will.
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Sir John Soane's two sons, John Junior (right) and George (left). George Soane was born #OnThisDay in 1789. Though known for his frivolous behaviour that ultimately landed him in debtor's prison, George was also a skilled translator, and an author of several Gothic novels. George's quarrels with his father led to the Museum and its collection being gifted to the Nation instead in Soane's will.
#SoaneMuseum #Art #architecture #museum #history #painting

It's #internationaldogday today. Pictured is a painting of Sir John Soane's beloved dog F***y, a Manchester Terrier, by ...
26/08/2021

It's #internationaldogday today. Pictured is a painting of Sir John Soane's beloved dog F***y, a Manchester Terrier, by the artist James Ward. This charming little portrait, which hangs in the No. 13 Breakfast Room, depicts F***y seated amongst ancient Roman ruins, as if they are on their very own Grand Tour of Italy.
#SoaneMuseum #Architecture #Dogday #Dog #dogsofinstagram

It's #internationaldogday today. Pictured is a painting of Sir John Soane's beloved dog F***y, a Manchester Terrier, by the artist James Ward. This charming little portrait, which hangs in the No. 13 Breakfast Room, depicts F***y seated amongst ancient Roman ruins, as if they are on their very own Grand Tour of Italy.
#SoaneMuseum #Architecture #Dogday #Dog #dogsofinstagram

#OnThisDay AD 79: on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, Mount Vesuvius begins to stir. The eruption would l...
23/08/2021

#OnThisDay AD 79: on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, Mount Vesuvius begins to stir. The eruption would lead to the destruction of Pompeii, the excavation of which fascinated Sir John Soane.
Pictured: frontispiece of the book 'Campi Phlegræi', Observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies as they have been communicated to the Royal Society of London. By Sir William Hamilton
#Volcano #Soanemuseum #Art #Book #architecture #painting #artist #frontispiece

#OnThisDay AD 79: on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, Mount Vesuvius begins to stir. The eruption would lead to the destruction of Pompeii, the excavation of which fascinated Sir John Soane.
Pictured: frontispiece of the book 'Campi Phlegræi', Observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies as they have been communicated to the Royal Society of London. By Sir William Hamilton
#Volcano #Soanemuseum #Art #Book #architecture #painting #artist #frontispiece

“All the works produced by the other arts are subject to the architect’s scrutiny.” VitruviusPhoto: Matt Clayton
22/08/2021

“All the works produced by the other arts are subject to the architect’s scrutiny.” Vitruvius
Photo: Matt Clayton

“All the works produced by the other arts are subject to the architect’s scrutiny.” Vitruvius
Photo: Matt Clayton

Join us on 2 September for an in-person Curator's Tour of The Romance of Ruins - a special opportunity to explore this e...
18/08/2021
Romance of Ruins - Curator's Tour

Join us on 2 September for an in-person Curator's Tour of The Romance of Ruins - a special opportunity to explore this exhibition in its final weeks. Tickets are £6. Book tickets whilst they last at https://shop.soane.org/products/romance-of-ruins-curator-tour

Join Dr Louise Stewart, one of the curators of the Romance of Ruins, for a special in-person tour of this exhibition of evocative watercolours of ancient Greek sites in Turkey and Greece including the Parthenon. This 20 minute tour explores some of the highlights of the show, providing expert commen...

We're recruiting for a Digital Communications Manager to manage the Museum's digital communications and marketing channe...
17/08/2021

We're recruiting for a Digital Communications Manager to manage the Museum's digital communications and marketing channels. Find out more at https://www.soane.org/about/work-us-0
Image: The Picture Room, photo by @mattclaytonphoto

We're recruiting for a Digital Communications Manager to manage the Museum's digital communications and marketing channels. Find out more at https://www.soane.org/about/work-us-0
Image: The Picture Room, photo by @mattclaytonphoto

The Codex Coner, a volume of 16th and 17th century Italian drawings in the #SoaneMuseum, was studied by the likes of the...
16/08/2021
Soane Study Group 2021

The Codex Coner, a volume of 16th and 17th century Italian drawings in the #SoaneMuseum, was studied by the likes of the great sculptor Michelangelo. Join Prof Paul Davies & Dr David Hemsoll in an exploration of this fascinating book in our new Study group video! https://www.soane.org/soane-study-group-2021

The Soane Museum Study Group is an open forum for scholars – both established and emerging – to present new research into an aspect of architectural history and/or Soane’s collection. The 2021 programme will be delivered virtually throughout the year with talks posted on the Soane Museum websi...

Sir John Soane was fascinated by the ruins and art of ancient Greece. This vase, or Krater made by Ancient Greek colonis...
07/08/2021

Sir John Soane was fascinated by the ruins and art of ancient Greece. This vase, or Krater made by Ancient Greek colonists in Southern Italy was one of Soane's most treasured posessions. Find out more about this work and Soane's relationship with Greece in our online exhibition, These Superb Monuments. https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/these-superb-monuments

Sir John Soane was fascinated by the ruins and art of ancient Greece. This vase, or Krater made by Ancient Greek colonists in Southern Italy was one of Soane's most treasured posessions. Find out more about this work and Soane's relationship with Greece in our online exhibition, These Superb Monuments. https://www.soane.org/exhibitions/these-superb-monuments

The Cast of the Apollo Belvedere, basked in warm light from orange-tinted windows above. Share your photos from your own...
06/08/2021

The Cast of the Apollo Belvedere, basked in warm light from orange-tinted windows above. Share your photos from your own visit to the Soane with #PhototheSoane
#SoaneMuseum #Art #architecture #london #museum

The Cast of the Apollo Belvedere, basked in warm light from orange-tinted windows above. Share your photos from your own visit to the Soane with #PhototheSoane
#SoaneMuseum #Art #architecture #london #museum

#Onthisday 300 years ago renowned woodcarver Grinling Gibbons died. Known for his motifs of foliage, flowers, animals an...
03/08/2021

#Onthisday 300 years ago renowned woodcarver Grinling Gibbons died. Known for his motifs of foliage, flowers, animals and cherubs, he was also a skilled draughtsman. Only c.50 of his drawings survive, including this design for a chimneypiece at Hampton Court Palace, c.1689-94.

#Onthisday 300 years ago renowned woodcarver Grinling Gibbons died. Known for his motifs of foliage, flowers, animals and cherubs, he was also a skilled draughtsman. Only c.50 of his drawings survive, including this design for a chimneypiece at Hampton Court Palace, c.1689-94.

Enhance your visit to the #SoaneMuseum with our guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. As you explore the Museum listen to...
31/07/2021

Enhance your visit to the #SoaneMuseum with our guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. As you explore the Museum listen to audio and watch video of Curators and Visitor Assistants speaking about the collections of Sir John Soane. Download at https://app.bloombergconnects.org/sirjohnsoanefb

Enhance your visit to the #SoaneMuseum with our guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. As you explore the Museum listen to audio and watch video of Curators and Visitor Assistants speaking about the collections of Sir John Soane. Download at https://app.bloombergconnects.org/sirjohnsoanefb

The Breakfast Room. This space, over which hangs a shallow-domed ceiling, utilises many more of Sir John Soane's favouri...
30/07/2021

The Breakfast Room. This space, over which hangs a shallow-domed ceiling, utilises many more of Sir John Soane's favourite architectural details: tinted skylight windows creating a warm light, curved mirrors offering views of the space from every angle, and an eclectic combination of different objects. Experience the space for yourself on a visit to the Museum this weekend! www.soane.org/visit

The Breakfast Room. This space, over which hangs a shallow-domed ceiling, utilises many more of Sir John Soane's favourite architectural details: tinted skylight windows creating a warm light, curved mirrors offering views of the space from every angle, and an eclectic combination of different objects. Experience the space for yourself on a visit to the Museum this weekend! www.soane.org/visit

29/07/2021

On 27 July 1694, 327 years ago, the Bank of England was founded by a Royal Charter issued by William and Mary to ‘promote the public Good and Benefit of our People’. It initially provided private banking to the Government and was not nationalised until 1946. In 1734 the Bank moved its premises to Threadneedle Street, where it remains to this day, and in 1788 Sir John Soane began to extend and rebuilt the Bank, which turned into a 45-year magnus opus. This composite drawing by Joseph Michael Gandy shows twelve views of the interior and exterior of Soane’s Bank. It demonstrates how Soane lit the spaces from above, offering additional security, allowing a densely packed floor plan, and enabling the use of exquisite domed and vaulted spaces. Tragically, much of Soane’s Bank was demolished in the 1920s. This drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822. #objectoftheweek

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Thinking about Sir John today on his anniversary...
All care was taken to ensure that out visit was safe. It was great to see the excitement of the staff on opening day, who took time to share knowledge and answer questions. Thank you for making our visit, a great visit.
Here in Medway we’re appreciating William Hogarth. Next week: Joshua Reynolds.
we were here yesterday, fascinating place
The English people need to promote there own John soane English conceptual period clothing museum with rustic nationall dress of London the Hawkers and criers of London paintings and sculptures with John playford dance master There should be new exhibition dedicated make awareness of part of London working class peasant dress vendors and Street sellers from Stuart Georgian regency Victorian London the evidence of this fabric of historical London should recognise by UNESCO world heritage.with reactor and archeological dress reproduction. With museum.
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Mind bogglingly unbelievable detail in construction, craftsmanship, architecture and design. What a genius.
Visited yesterday and what a great experience - fabulous place to go and what a collector he was
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