Sir John Soane’S Museum
A house that has been set up as a museum
The London Sir John Soane’S Museum is a museum located in the former home of the English architect John Soane. This architect first bought the middle part of this building at number 13 at Lincoln’s Inn Fields where he had a new house built. After that, the architect also acquired the buildings at numbers 12 and 14. Soane has used the buildings not only as a residence, but also to experiment for his architecture. In the museum you can admire a lot of art that Soane has collected over the years, including works by Turner and Hogarth.
John Soane used the buildings for a number of architectural experiments that he first wanted to try out for himself. His experiments with the incidence of light in particular can still be seen in the buildings known under the names of the Dome Area and the Colonnade and the Museum Corridor. These spaces are illuminated from above by the sun and give a unique look. Soane used this experiment to develop it later in his designs for the Bank of England building.
Collection of ancient objects
Soane was very interested in art and culture and there is quite a bit to see in this area at the museum. For example, there is a collection of objects from classical antiquity on display, with the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I as its showpiece. This Seti I was a son of Ramses I and Pharaoh from Egypt of the 19th Dynasty.
Art collection with paintings
John Soane was a great art lover and therefore allowed himself to be portrayed. The museum contains a portrait of the architect painted by the well-known English painter Thomas Lawrence. There is also a work by John Flaxman on display. This is a sketch of Soane’s wife. Furthermore, Soane had quite a large collection of works by William Hogarth and William Turner. For these two painters alone, London’s Sir John Soane’S Museum is well worth a visit.
Highly recommended for art and culture lovers
Are you interested in art and culture? Then a visit to London’s Sir John Soane’S Museum is highly recommended. The combination of art, culture and architecture makes this museum more than worth a visit.