The entrance facade
Detail of the upper floors of the entrance facade
The entrance facade from an 1812 engraving
The entrance facade from an early 20th century postcard
The Breakfast Room from the Jun 25, 1864 issue of "The Illustrated London News"
The Monks' Parlour from the Jun 25, 1864 issue of "The Illustrated London News"
The Painting Room, from a lithograph by Charles Hullmandel, 1835.
Looking down into the Sepulchral Chamber and the Sarcophagus of Seti I. From an 1836 book.
Soane's greatest work -- Lothbury Court, The Bank of England, from "The Beauties of England & Wales," 1809.
Plate 2 of Hogarth's "The Rake's Progress" from an 1807 print. The original oil was in the collection of Fonthill Splendens; it is today in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum.
Soane's tomb, 1816, St. Pancras Gardens, London, from an 1836 book. This was the inspiration for the famous red K6 British telephone box.
The famous K6 red telephone box, modeled upon Soane's tomb, St. Pancras Gardens. This example was photographed in 2012 near St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
House & Family History: Soane's Grade I-listed tomb in St. Pancras Gardens, London (formerly St. Pancras Old Church), was built in 1816 to the architect's design as the final resting place for himself and his wife. It was the inspiration for Giles Gilbert Scott's design for the iconic red English telephone boxes (see "Images" section).
Collections: A large Apulian krater (wine–mixing vessel), found in 1790 near Lecce in southern Italy, and known today as the Cawdor Vase, was purchased by Soane for £68.5s. in 1800 from John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor (1755-1821), one of the most remarkable collectors of antiquities in 18th century Britain. A fine collection of ancient marbles and the famous Diana of Ephesus statue were purchased from the 4th Earl of Bessborough's collection in 1801. In 1802 Mrs. Soane paid £570 at William Beckford's auction of the contents of his father's house, Fonthill Splendens, for Hogarth's "A Rake's Progress" (see "Images" section). An 18th century plaster cast of the Apollo Belvedere, once the property of the 3rd ("Architect") Earl of Burlington, was given to Soane in 1811 and remains in the collection today. Sir John Soane acquired six antique gemstones from the Duke of Buckingham in 1834.
Title: Sir John Soane's Museum London
Author: Knox, Tim
Year Published: 2009
Reference: pgs. 27, 57, 120
Publisher: London: Merrell Publishers Limited
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Saving Wotton: The Remarkable Story of a Soane Country House
Author: Palin, William
Year Published: 2004
Reference: pg. 26
Publisher: London: Sir John Soane's Museum
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: No Park
Past Seat / Home of: Sir John Soane, 1808-37.
Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit
Primary Current Ownership Use: Museum
Ownership Details: Owned by the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum.