A new edition of this lavishly illustrated book, the product of many years' research by Susan Palmer, archivist to Sir John Soane's Museum, tells the story of the Soane family's social and domestic life. It paints a detailed picture of the Soanes' houses at Nos 12 & 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields - how the buildings were heated, the servants' daily duties, what meals were cooked, wines purchased and teas drunk - even the fate of the family's pet dog. The family life with their two children - in many ways as difficult as modern offspring - is brought vividly to life and the below-stairs relationships of the servants are poignantly recorded. The evening whirl of visits to theatres and supper parties is chronicled, and the description of seaside holidays on the Kentish coast when Margate was in vogue depicts the social niceties of promenades and dances.
Originally published in 1997 this revised edition has been updated to include the latest discoveries that have come to light during restoration of the house.
At Home with the Soanes offers a fascinating insight into this London family's life, both upstairs and downstairs.
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