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Sir John Soane

(1753-1837), Architect

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

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 Thomas Blood, published by  James Asperne, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D6805

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 - NPG D41802

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 - NPG D41803

Sir John Soane

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


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