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Sir John Soane (1753–1837)

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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Sir John Soane was a renowned architect of the late Georgian period, specialising in the Neo-Classical style. As well as holding the post as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and Architect to the Bank of England.

Only a few of the buildings he designed have survived to the present day, the best known is his own house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, now a museum displaying his eclectic collection of artworks and antiquities.

Soane was an early member of the Royal Institution (Ri). In 1799 he was given the task of assessing a townhouse in Albemarle Street to see if it was suitable to turn into a scientific institution; following his report the property was purchased and the Ri has been here ever since.

The Royal Institution



Sir John Soane (1753–1837)




oil on canvas


H 75.2 x W 62.2 cm

Accession number

RIIC 0051

Acquisition method

gift from Edward M. Foxhall, Esq. 1853

Work type



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