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UK £24.95
Hardback with jacket
160 pages
125 illustrations, 100 in colour
25 x 25 cm (9.75 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4475-3
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Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Tim Knox
Photography by Derry Moore

The celebrated British architect Sir John Soane (1753–1837) created his extraordinary house-museum from three properties in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. There, in houses that embody both his architectural vision and his passion for collecting, Soane exhibited a marvellous array of artefacts, including an outstanding collection of plaster casts, and idiosyncratic items ranging from mummified cats to the sarcophagus of the Egyptian king Seti I. Soane intended the collection to be an 'Academy of Architecture' that would inspire students for generations to come, and today it continues to attract more than 90,000 visitors every year. Written by the present director of the museum and featuring specially commissioned photographs by Derry Moore, this absorbing account of a unique, perpetually surprising cabinet of curiosities offers a fascinating insight into the genius of an exceptional man.


The first major illustrated history of and guide to the museum, with exclusive images by renowned photographer Derry Moore
Includes a tour of each fascinating room, and details about many items in the collection, including Hogarth's A Rake's Progress and paintings by Canaletto, as well as an overview of Soane's career

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Author Profiles

Tim Knox is Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. As Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London from 2005 to 2013, he oversaw a major campaign of restoration. He was previously Head Curator of the National Trust. He regularly writes and lectures on art, architecture and the history of collecting.


Derry Moore is a distinguished photographer of interiors and portraits. His work has appeared in numerous books and high-quality magazines, including World of Interiors.

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This book is a distillation of all that is wonderful about the compact and complex Sir John Soane’s Museum 

Country Life

The book is valuable as the first detailed photographic record of the museum’s appearance for 15 years 

Art Quarterly

A room-by-room guide that is beautifully shot

The Sunday Telegraph

Those who know the Soane will love this book. Those who do not know the Soane will run there once they’ve read it

The Art Newspaper

A lively and scholarly account of a unique and idiosyncratic space

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