John Soane, Architect

John Soane, Architect

John Soane, Architect

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      • Product Description: Written by Dorothy Stroud (1910-1997) former Inspectress and Assistant Curator at Sir John Soane's Museum (1946-1984), this book offers a concise biography of Soane as well including a comprehensive and fully illustrated survey of his works. After studying in Italy Soane built up a considerable private practice and a reputation that secured his appointment in 1788 as architect to the Bank of England, where over a period of forty-five years he designed a vast complex of courts and offices. With his appointment to the Office of Works in 1815 he became responsible for public buildings in Whitehall and Westminster, which entailed the designing of a Royal entrance and gallery in the House of Lords, new Law Courts, Privy Council Offices and the State Paper Office. As Professor of architecture at the Royal Academy from 1806 he was to play a leading role in the improvement of architectural education in Britain; and he was active in the founding of what is now the Royal Institute of British Architects. Although much of his work was thoughtlessly destroyed towards the end of the 19th century, a substantial number of buildings and parts of buildings survive, especially outside London, as a testimony to his genius.