Welcome to the website of the house and Museum of Sir John Soane, R.A., architect "the best house-museum in the world".
Soane was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837.
Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access.
Northern Vision: Master Drawings from the Tchoban Foundation
21 June - 28 September 2013
Boris Iofan (1891-1976)
Draft Design for the Palace of the Soviets, 1931-33
Image Courtesy of the Tchoban Foundation
From Schinkel's earliest attributed drawing to designs for the Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, this exhibition features the highlights of the Tchoban Foundation collection, Museum für Architekturziechnunung, Berlin, set up by the Berlin-vased Russian architect Sergei Tchoban. Amongst the architects represented will be seldom seen works by Matthias Daniel Pöppelmann (1662-1736), Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), Herman Giesler (1898-1987) and Boris Iofan (1891-1976).
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