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Soane Monument

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After the death of his wife Eliza on 22 November 1815, Soane made a series of designs for a family tomb to be erected in St Giles-in-the-Fields burial ground (now St Pancras Gardens).

In his design for the monument, which was completed in 1816, Soane used many of his most favoured details, in particular a canopy dome whose form can be found in, for example, ceilings and clocks in his house in Lincoln's Inn Fields. It is one of only two tombs in London to be listed Grade I.

Soane died in January 1837 aged 84 years and was buried with his wife and elder son John (died 1823).

A design of 1924 (by another, much later, architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott) for a new telephone box (the red K2) for the Post Office uses the same idea of a canopy dome.

Bird’s-eye view from the south-east

Bird’s-eye view from the south-east


George Basevi
March-April 1816
Pen and coloured washes on wove paper
14/4/10 (Monument drawing 30)

This drawing is a perspective of the final design and is set in an imaginary landscape with hills, trees and a river – more beautiful than the flat, muddy graveyard in north London.