The Collections


Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities

Abdel-Haleem, Ayeshah
'Seti I in Britain', The Egyptian Bulletin, 1984

Capart, Jean
'Short note on statuette of Ma in Sir John Soane's Museum', in Proceedings of the Society for Biblical Archaeology, vol. 29, 1907

Cross, Stephen
‘An Alabaster Coffin and Seti I’s Last Secret’ in Ancient Egyptian Magazine, Vol.10 issue 5 April/May 2010, pp18-25

Davoli, Paola
'Il dossier di Aku', Aegyptiaca Bononiensia, Monografie di SEAP, Series Minor, 2 (1990) [article on Egyptian stelae including two in Soane collection]

Dodson, Aidan
'A fragment of a Canopic chest in Sir John Soane's Museum', The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 1985, pp177-9

Dorey, Helen
‘Sir John Soane’s Acquisition of the Sarcophagus of Seti I’, Georgian Group Journal, 1991, pp. 26-35

'Sir John Soane’s Museum’ [Soane’s collection of antiquities] in Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology, November/December 2002, Volume 13 Number 6, pp. 19-22

Foster, Dagmar
'A Late Period Statue of an Overseer of Priests of Horus of Hierakonpolis', Göttinger Miszellen: Beiträge zur ägyptologischen Diskussion, 1989 [article in English on a statuette of Ma in the Soane collection]

Jucker, Hans
'Klytia', Das Bildis im Blätterkelch, Lausanne/Freiburg 1961

Massner, Anne-Kathrein
'Ägyptisierende Bildnisse des Kaisers Claudius', Separatum aus Antike Kunst, 1986

Michaelis, Adolf
Ancient Marbles in Great Britain, (trans. C.A.M. Fennell), Cambridge 1882

Vermeule, Professor Cornelius
Catalogue of the Classical Antiquities in Sir John Soane's Museum, London 1953, Boston 1975

Walker, Susan
'Corinthian capitals with ringed voids: the work of Athenian Craftsmen in the Second Century A.D.', in Archaologischer Auzeiger, 1979, pp103-29

'Clytie - A false woman?', in Why Fake's Matter (ed. M. Jones), British Museum, 1993, pp32-40

Wallis Budge, Sir Ernest Alfred
An Account of the Sarcopahgus of Seti I King of Egypt, BC 1370, Sir John Soane's Museum, 1908


Rogers, Phillis M.
'Medieval fragments from the Old Palace of Westminster in the Sir John Soane's Museum', Parliamentary History, Libraries and Records, 1981, pp.1-8

Renaissance and Neo-Classical

Bryant, Julian (ed)
Thomas Banks (1735-1805): Britain’s First Modern Sculptor, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2005

Charleston, R.J
'The Bow Flora and Michael Rysbrack', Apollo, April 1956

Dorey, Helen
‘Soane and Flaxman’, in Flaxman: Master of the Purest Line, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum 2003

‘Soane and Banks’, in Thomas Banks: Britain’s First Modern Sculptor, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2005.

The union of architecture, sculpture and painting: Sir John Soane (1753-1837) as a collector of sculpture’, Sculpture Journal, vol. XII (2004)

Fleming, Stephen J.
'Bronzes from the Giambologna Workshop: Two Attribution's, in Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology Journal, vol.1 No.7 , June 1981, pp. 205-7

Kelly, Alison
'Mrs. Coade's Stone', Self Publishing Association, 1990

Mallet, J.V.G.
'In Botega di maestro Guido Durantino in Urbino', Burlington Magazine, May 1987

Pope-Hennessy, Sir John
'Two models for the Tomb of Michaelangelo', in Essays on Italian Sculpture, London, 1968


Bolton, A.T.
'The Furniture of Sir John Soane', The Architect's Journal, August 1923

Dorey, Helen
A Catalogue of the Furniture in Sir John Soane’s Museum’, Journal of the Furniture History Society, 2008

Gibson, Katharine
'The Kingdom's Marble Chronicle', The Royal Exchange (ed. Anne Saunders), London Topographical Society publication no. 152, 1997 [ref: Quellin terracotta of Charles II]

Jaffer, Dr. Amin
'Tipu Sultan, Warren Hastings and Queen Charlotte: the mythology and typology of Anglo-Indian ivory Furniture', The Bulington Magazine, May 1999 [ref: 4 ivory chairs and 1 table]

Symonds, R.W.
'Furniture in the Soane Museum', Country Life, 1950

Thornton, Peter
'Soane's Kent Tables', Furniture History, 1993

Paintings and Framed Drawings/Prints

The Soane's Hogarths, Canalettos, Turners and other regency paintings have been included in many exhibition catalogues (see list of loans Appendix ) and these are not listed here. Nor are the standard works on these artists which mention the Soane paintings included.  The Museum's oil paintings have been catalogued and are available online through the Your Paintings website - please see the enclosed link.

Bindman, David, Ekserdjian, David and Palin, William (eds)
Hogarth’s Election Entertainment: Artists at the Hustings, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2001

Boase, T.S.R.
'English Artists and the Val D'Aosta', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. XIX, Nos. 3-4, 1956

Dorey, Helen
'The Historic framing and presentation of Watercolours, drawings and prints in Sir John Soane's Museum', The Historic Framing and Presentation of Watercolours, Drawings and Prints (ed. Nancy Bell), Institute of Paper Conservation 1997

John Soane and J.M.W Turner: Illuminating a Friendship’, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2007

Palin, William

'J.M. Gandy's Composite Views for John Soane', in ed Lucien Steil The Architectural Capriccio. Memory, Fantasy and Invention, Ashgate 2014

Links, J.G
The Soane Canalettos, Sir John Soane's Museum 1998, revised edition 2010

Scull, S. C.
The Soane Hogarths, Trefoil Publications, 1991, revised colour edition, Sir John Soane's Museum, 2007


Joyce, H.
'The Ancient Frescoes from the Villa Negroni and their influence in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', The Art Bulletin, September 1983


There are numerous books and articles on the work of the architects of whose work the Soane has major holdings (Robert Adam, Charles-Louis Clérisseau, George Dance, Sir William Chambers, Sir Christopher Wren, Joseph Michael Gandy etc.). These all contain references to drawings in the Soane collection but are too numerous to be included in this select bibliography: those listed therefore are those which focus on the Soane collection.  An ongoing project to make available the catalogues for these collections means that more entries are being added regularly - please visit our catalogue for more information.

Ashby, Thomas
Sixteenth-century drawings attributed to Andreas Coner’ Papers of the British School at Rome, v.2, London, Macmillan and Co, 1904.  (Catalogue of the Codex Coner, SM Vol.115)

Astley, Stephen
Robert Adam’s Castles, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2000

Bolton, Arthur T.
The Architecture of Robert and James Adam, (2 Vols), London, 1922 and Woodbridge, 1984

Carr, Gerald L.
‘Soane’s Specimen Church Designs of 1818', in Architectural History, vol. 16, 1973, pp. 37-53

De Divitiis, Bianca
‘A Newly Discovered volume from the office of Sir John Soane’ in The Burlington Magazine, CXLV, March 2003, pp180-198

Fairbairn, Lynda
The North Italian Album, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 1998

Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Azimuth Editions, 1998

Fleming, John
Robert Adam and his Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962

Galvin, Terence
The Architecture of Joseph Michael Gandy (1771-1843) and Sir John Soane (1753-1837): An Exploration into the Masonic and Occult Imagination of the late Enlightenment, PhD these, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Goodall, Ian and Richardson, Margaret
‘A Recently Discovered Gandy Sketchbook’ in Architectural History, Vol.44, 2001 pp45-56

Harris, Eileen
The Furniture of Robert Adam, London, 1963

The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors, London 2001

King, David
The Complete Works of Robert & James Adam, Oxford, 1991

Lever, Jill
Catalogue of the Drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) and of George Dance the Elder (1695-1768) from the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Azimuth Editions, 2003

Architecture Unshackled: George Dance the Younger 1741-1825, Exhibition Guide, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2004

Lukacher, Brian
Phantasmagoria and Emenations: Lighting Effects in the Architectural Fantasies of Joseph Michael Gandy’, AA Files, vol.4, 1983, pp.40-48

‘John Soane and his draughtsman Joseph Michael Gandy’, in Diadalos, vol.25, September 1987, pp.51-64

Joseph Gandy in the Shadow of the Enlightenment, Annual Soane Lecture 2001

Joseph Gandy: An Architectural Visionary in Georgian England, London, 2006

De Prey, Pierre de la Ruffiniere
‘Soane Drawings – A Laying on of Hands’ in Architecture and Ideas, Winter/Spring 2001, Vol. 3, (1) pp10-23

Richardson, Margaret
‘Soane’s Use of Drawings’, pp.234-241 in Sir John Soane’s Museum; A Special Issue of Apollo, Apollo vol.81, April 1990

Rowan, Alistair
Designs for Castles and Country Villas by Robert and James Adam, Oxford, 1985

‘Bob the Roman’: Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2003

Rowe, Robert
Adam Silver 1765-1795, London, 1965

Sanderson, Margaret H.B.
Robert Adam and Scotland: Portrait of an Architect, Edinburgh, 1992

Sir John Soane’s Museum
Soane: Connoisseur & Collector; A Selection of Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Collection, Exhibition Catalogue, 1995

Buildings in Progress: Soane’s Views of Construction, Exhibition Catalogue, London, 1995

Soane Revisited: A Journey of Rediscovery of the Buildings of Sir John Soane, Exhibition Catalogue, London 1996

Stillman, Damie
The Decorative Work of Robert Adam, London, 1966

Stroud, Dorothy
‘Soane’s Designs for a Triumphal Bridge’, Architectural Review, April 1957, pp.260-62

Summerson, John
The Strange Case of J. M. Gandy’, Architect and Building News, 10 January 1936, pp.38-44

Tait, A.A.
Robert Adam: Drawings and Imagination, Cambridge, 1993

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, (Exhibition Catalogue). London, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 1996

The Adam Brothers in Rome: Drawings from the Grand Tour, London, 2008

Waterfield, Giles, ed.
Soane and Death, Exhibition Catalogue, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1996

Woodward, Christopher
Soane’s Magician: The Tragic Genius of Joseph Michael Gandy, Exhibition Guide, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2006

The Archive

Bolton, Arthur T.
The Portrait of Sir John Soane, R.A. (edited correspondence from the Soane Archive) London 1927

Palmer, Susan
The Papers of Sir John Soane’, pp.248-51 in Sir John Soane’s Museum; A Special Issue of Apollo, Apollo vol.81, April 1990

‘Sir John Soane: Rewriting a Life’ in Libraries and the Cultural Record, Vol.44 No.1, 2009, pp65-81

‘Building a Library: Evidence from Sir John Soane’s Archive’ in Myers, Harris and Mandelbrote (eds) ‘Publishing the Fine and Applied Arts 1500-2000’, British Library April 2012

Sir John Soane’s Museum
Visions of Ruin: Architectural fantasies and designs for garden follies, Exhibition Catalogue, London 1999, which publishes for the first time 'Crude Hints towards a History of my House', a manuscript written by Soane in 1812

Watkin, David
Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and the Royal Academy Lectures, Cambridge University Press, 1996

Sir John Soane: The Royal Academy Lectures, Cambridge University Press, 2000 [a paperback text of the lectures with an introductory essay: a concise version of Dr. Watkin's magisterial 1996 volume]

Visions of World Architecture: John Soane’s Royal Academy Lecture Illustrations, Exhibition Guide, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 2007

Architectural Models

Richardson, Margaret
‘Model Architecture’, Country Life 183 (21 September 1989) pp. 224–7.

Wilton-Ely, John
‘The Architectural Models of Sir John Soane: A Catalogue’, Architectural History, Vol.12, 1969

The Library

Harris, Eileen
Sir John Soane’s Library: “O, Books! Ye Monuments of Mind”’, pp.242-47 in Sir John Soane’s Museum; A Special Issue of Apollo, Apollo vol.81, April 1990

Harris, Eileen and Savage, Nicholas (eds).,

Hooked on Books: The Library of Sir John Soane Architect 1753-1837, Exhibition Catalogue, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 2004

Savage, Nicholas
‘Hooked on Books: Interpreting Sir John Soane’s Private Library` ppxxx in The Private Library, Volume 10:1 Spring 2007.

Palmer, Susan
'Sir John Soane: Rewriting a Life' in Libraries and the Cultural Record, Vol 44 No.1, 2009, pp65-81

'Building a Library: Evidence from Sir John Soane's Archive' in Myers, Harris and Mandelbrote (eds) 'Publishing the Fine and Applied Arts 1500-2000', British Library September 2012

Stained Glass

Dorey, Helen
(ed. Sandra Coley), The Stained Glass Collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Journal of Stained Glass, Vol. XXVII, Special Issue and Extra Number 2004


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