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Sir John Soane

18 of 24 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir John Soane, by John Jackson, 1828 - NPG 701 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Soane

by John Jackson
oil on canvas, 1828
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 701

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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • John Jackson (1778-1831), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 230 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

This portraitback to top

By 1828, the year in which this portrait was painted, Sir John Soane, the hard-working and brilliant architect of the Bank of England, had grown melancholy as well as rich. His portrait was commissioned by the Governors of the British Institution and was described as 'The Portrait of John Soane, R.A., Painted by order of the Directors of the British Institution, as one of its most liberal Benefactors.' It shows Soane as an old man, slightly quizzical, watery-eyed and thin-lipped; but he was justifiably proud of his achievements and there is a copy of his Lectures on Architecture delivered at the Royal Academy open on the table in front of him.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 115
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 573
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 465