John Soane: An Accidental Romantic

John Soane: An Accidental Romantic


By (author) Gillian Darley

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 252mm x 28mm | 1,238g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300086954
  • ISBN 13: 9780300086959
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 75 colour plates, 160 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,532,799

Product description

English architect John Soane created dramatic and unpredictable buildings that continue to inspire architects worldwide. This biography tells the story of the self-made, irascible architect's turbulent life and the remarkable buildings he designed, including the Bank of England.

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Editorial reviews

A book that offers great insight into the mind of one of the most influential architects and collectors of the 18th and 19th centuries. The author provides a fascinating grounding in some of the most prominent buildings of Soane's time, shedding light on one man's view of the world - his personal quests and architectural visions (for example, his design of the Bank of England). You get a strong flavour of an eclectic collector whose treasures animated and inspired important new projects. These are particularly evident in the reproductions of coloured drawings by Joseph Gandy, rich expressions of a fantastical and playful imagination. (Kirkus UK)