The Collections

Sir John Soane’s Museum comprises his collections and personal effects, acquired between the 1780s and his death in 1837.

The Museum’s collections contain many important works of art and antiquities, including Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress and An Election, Canaletto’s Riva degli Schiavoni looking West, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, 30,000 architectural drawings, 6,857 historical volumes, 252 historical architectural models as well as important examples of furniture and decorative arts.

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The Museum Collection

The Museum Collection >

Selected paintings and objects from the Museum, including a summary of holdings.

Soane's London

Soane's London >

Highlights of drawings from some of Soane's most important buildings in London.

Online Catalogues

Concise Catalogue >

An outline list of the drawings in Soane's Collection.

Drawings Catalogue >

Drawings Catalogue >

This section currently contains the drawings of Robert and James Adam, Sir John Soane and English Baroque drawings

Sketchbook Catalogue >

Sketchbook Catalogue >

John Soane's sketchbooks and notebooks, and allied material relating to his tour abroad 1778-1780 as the King's travelling student to Italy

Library Catalogue >

Library Catalogue >

The Library consists of just over 6,000 titles, and is the only known professional library of an architect of the early 19th century. The library catalogue is currently being published incrementally.

Antiquities >

Antiquities >

Sir John Soane's collection of over 700 antiquities, encompassing Egyptian, Greek, and Roman works of art and objects, as catalogued by Prof. Cornelius Vermule and Dr Margaret A. Murray.

Looking at Architectural Drawings

Understanding Architectural Drawings >

Understanding Architectural Drawings >

An introduction to the art of architectural drawing, covering many aspects of this fascinating art.

Understanding Georgian & Regency London Houses >

Understanding Georgian & Regency London Houses >

An introduction to this building type, which was crucial to the historical development of London.