This compelling book featuring a wealth of specially commissioned images by renowned photographer Derry Moore is the first major illustrated history of and guide to the Museum since Soane published his own account in 1835.
Written by past Director of the museum, and including the latest research into the creation of the house and its collections, the book begins with an insightful history of Soane's life. It reveals how he not only used his house-museum as a laboratory for developing his architectural ideas, but also intended the collection to become an Academy of Architecture that would inform and inspire students for generations to come. Today, in an enduring testament to Soane's remarkable energy, flair and commitment, the Museum is perfectly preserved in all its idiosyncratic style and continues to attract more than 100,000 visitors every year. The second part of the book comprises a room-by-room tour of the building including intriguing details about Soane's eclectic collection.
The vivid text and evocative photographs, featuring many previously unpublished watercolours, provide an eloquent account of the perpetually surprising and unforgettable cabinet of curiosities which offer a fascinating and moving insight into the genius of an exceptional man.
Contains over 150 full photographs and illustrations.
- Hardback Edition
- Page Count: 160
- Dimensions: 250 x 250mm
- Language: English