Sir John Soane

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Sir John Soane, by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, circa 1827 - NPG 316a(111) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Soane

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1827
18 5/8 in. x 25 3/8 in. (473 mm x 645 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(111)


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'whether the bust I have made shall be considered like John Soane, or Julius Caesar, is a point that cannot be determined by you or me, I will however, maintain that as a work of art I have never produced a better.' Sir Francis Chantrey to Sir John Soane, 1829
This drawing of the architect Sir John Soane was made for a marble bust that Chantrey gave Soane in exchange for the design of an anteroom to Chantrey's sculpture gallery. Soane placed the bust among his collection of classical antiquities at his home in Lincoln's Inn Fields, now the Sir John Soane Museum. Soane was one of the most important and influential architects of the period, designing the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Chantrey often asked Soane's advice on matters of artistic design.

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