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Sir John Soane (1753-1837), Architect

Sitter in 7 portraits
An architect and collector, Soane was the son of a bricklayer who began his education in the architectural office of George Dance, one of the leading Neo-classical architects of the day. In 1771, he enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools where he won a gold medal for his design for a triumphal bridge (1776) and a scholarship to study in Italy (1778-81). In 1788, he was appointed Surveyor to the Bank of England. Many other public and private commissions followed, among them Dulwich Picture Gallery (1811-14). The security of this position allowed him to develop his highly idiosyncratic architectural vision. He gave his house and important works of art to the nation as the Soane Museum.

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Sir John Soane

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1827
NPG 316a(111)


Sir John Soane

by John Jackson
oil on canvas, 1828
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 701


Sir John Soane

by William Brockedon
chalk and pencil, 1835
NPG 2515(76)


Sir John Soane

by Thomas Blood, published by James Asperne, after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1813
NPG D6805


Sir John Soane

by and published by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint printed in colours, published 18 January 1830 (1828)
NPG D41802


Sir John Soane

by and published by Charles Turner, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
mezzotint, published January 1832 (1831)
NPG D41803