John Soane

John Soane : An Accidental Romantic

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 198 x 252 x 28mm | 1,238.3g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 75 colour plates, 160 b&w illustrations
  • 0300086954
  • 9780300086959
  • 1,900,008

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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)show more