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John Soane, architect : master of space and light
John Soane, Architect : Master of Space and Light Exhibition (1999 : Royal Academy of Arts)
Publication Information:
London : Royal Academy of Arts distributed by Yale University Press, [1999]
Physical Description:
302 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalogue of an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London from 11 September to 3 December 1999.
Sponsor's preface -- President's foreword -- Exhibition organisation -- Acknowledgements and lenders to the exhibition -- Soane: the man and his circle / Gillian Darley -- Soane's spaces and the matter of fragmentation / Robin Middleton -- Soane: the royal academician and the public realm / David Watkin -- Soane's legacy / Margaret Richardson -- 'Wall, ceiling, enclosure and light': Soane's designs for domes / Christopher Woodward -- Soane: the pragmetic architect / Ptolemy Dean -- Beginnings and early training / Gillian Darley -- A Royal Academy student in architecture / Nicholas Savage -- The grand tour / Gillian Darley -- Early practice: country houses and the primitive / Ptolemy Dean -- Wimpole Hall / Christopher Woodward -- Tyringham / Margaret Richardson -- Pitzhanger Manor / Heather Ewing -- The Soane family tomb / Christopher Woodward -- Pell Wall / John Wibberley, Barry Clayton -- The Bank of England / Daniel Abramson -- The Processional Route / Sean Sawyer -- Freemasons' Hall / David Watkin -- The Law Courts / Sean Sawyer -- Imaginative compositions / Margaret Richardson -- Chronology -- Chronological list of Soane's building projects -- Bibliography -- Glossary --Index -- Photographic acknowledgements.
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Covering all of John Soane's major commissions, the essays in this book demonstrate the two dominant qualities that run through Soane's work: his distinctive handling of space (primarily his interiors); and the evolution of his abstracted linear style. His life and public role is also considered.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

John Soane (1753-1837) was a difficult man, both personally and professionally; with what seemed to be sheer force of will and unyielding temperament, he surpassed his humble beginnings to advance in his career and social standing. Yet the philosophy of perception that imbued his reworkings of classical ideas and forms never materialized into a fully synthesized theory. In addition, many of his buildings have been demolished, leaving us with only watercolors by his assistant, John Gandy, to represent his work. Despite these challenges, Richardson and Stevens (Royal Acad. of Arts, London) have managed to organize the contents of the Soane Museum and essays from leaders in the study of Soane into a flowing and lavishly illustrated, seemingly comprehensive piece on the master. Soane is fully covered, from birth, through his lifelong work with the Royal Academy and his private and family difficulties, to his influence on later architects. Hinted at in the text are many possibilities for further research, making this a valuable tool for future scholars. This tour-de-force catalog for an exhibition at the Royal Academy is a smart choice for academic libraries or libraries specializing in art history or architecture.--Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This beautifully illustrated volume published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Royal Academy, London, in the fall of 1999 is more or less the exhibition catalog, which includes plans, drawings, perspectives, and models of Soane's works, both executed and unexecuted. Besides colored illustrations of these it also includes a series of first-rate essays on Soane's life and work by such scholars as Robin Middleton (on Soane's spaces); David Watkins (on Soane the Royal Academician and on the Freeman's Hall); several by Gillian Darley, author of the recent biography of Soane (John Soane: An Accidental Romantic, CH, Mar'00); and Margaret Richardson on Soane's legacy, Tyringham, and his imaginative compositions. This major study captures, as far as is possible, the range and accomplishments of England's most original architect of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The essays (23 in all) have color illustrations as invaluable as the text by various experts. The result is the most up-to-date and best illustrated study of the various activities of the architect. Chronology of the architect's life; chronological list of building projects; glossary. It is hard to imagine how this work could be better. An outstanding contribution. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. J. McCormick Wheaton College (MA)

Table of Contents

Gillian DarleyRobin MiddletonDavid WatkinMargaret RichardsonChristopher WoodwardPtolemy DeanGillian DarleyNicholas SavageGillian DarleyPtolemy DeanChristopher WoodwardMargaret RichardsonHeather EwingHelen DoreyGiles WaterfieldHeather EwingChristopher WoodwardJohn Wibberley and Barry ClaytonDaniel AbramsonSean SawyerDavid WatkinSean SawyerMargaret Richardson
Sponsor's Prefacep. 8
President's Forewordp. 9
Exhibition Organisationp. 12
Acknowledgements and Lenders to the Exhibitionp. 13
Soane: The Man and His Circlep. 16
Soane's Spaces and the Matter of Fragmentationp. 26
Soane: The Royal Academician and the Public Realmp. 38
Soane's Legacyp. 48
'Wall, ceiling, enclosure and light': Soane's Designs for Domesp. 62
Soane: The Pragmatic Architectp. 68
Beginnings and Early Trainingp. 78
A Royal Academy Student in Architecturep. 86
The Grand Tourp. 96
Early Practice: Country Houses and the Primitivep. 114
Wimpole Hallp. 122
Tyringhamp. 128
Pitzhanger Manorp. 142
12-14 Lincoln's Inn Fieldsp. 150
Dulwich Picture Galleryp. 174
The Royal Hospital, Chelseap. 186
The Soane Family Tombp. 196
Pell Wallp. 200
The Bank of Englandp. 208
The Processional Routep. 252
Freemasons' Hallp. 264
The Law Courtsp. 268
Imaginative Compositionsp. 276
Chronologyp. 282
Chronological List of Soane's Building Projectsp. 283
Bibliographyp. 289
Glossaryp. 292
Indexp. 293
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 296