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To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this exhibition is the first of its kind to examine the influence the great playwright had on the life and work of Sir John Soane.
Drawing together objects from Soane’s collection not normally on display, alongside three loans from the Garrick Club, the exhibition highlights Soane’s deep fascination with the Bard.
Visitors can see Soane’s copies of the first four folios of Shakespeare’s collected works - a very rare occasion that all four belong in one collection - as well as paintings, sculpture, drawings and diaries which allows Soane’s interest in Shakespeare to be seen against the wider background of the Shakespearian revival during the eighteenth-century, and contemporary theatre-going and performance.