The castle-style designs and picturesque landscape fantasies of Robert Adam are a much negelected aspect of his work. These paintings and sketches give a vivid scense of the beauty and allure of the landscapes and architecturally by which Adam was romantically fascinated, and which he recreated in some of his most significant commissions - or else on paper. More
A Passion for Building: The Amateur Architect in England 1650-1850 - OUT OF PRINT
282 x 212 mm, paperback, 48 pages, full colour
ISBN: 978 0 9549041 6 6
By John Harris
“In England more than in any other country, every man would fain to be his own architect”, remarked the Swiss J.A. Rouquet in 1755. He was referring to a unique European situation, where a growing number of English gentlemen, having found inspiration in architectural books and Continental travel, were turning their hands to design.
This exhibition and catalogue celebrates the most gifted, inventive and eccentric amateurs of the 18th and early 19th centuries with a selection of drawings, engravings and portraits gathered from Soane's collection and other museums, archives and private houses around the country. Selected for this exhibition include a number of great personalities: Ada Augusta Byron, Lady Lovelace, only daughter of the poet and architect of Ashley Combe, a romantic rambling antique Roman retreat on a Somerset cliff top; or the fabulous Sarah Losh, whose church, cemetery, and mausoleum at Wreay in Cumbria raise her to the heights of genius and invention.
In the library of Sir John Soane’s remarkable house at 13, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, several volumes of Italian architectural drawings of the 16th and 17th centuries have remained until today one of London’s hidden treasures. They have never been catalogued before in detail. More
Although the life of George Scharf has not been well documented, he has left a remarkable legacy of drawings, watercolours and lithographs, which, in a most vivid and detailed manner, describe the life of London in the first half of the 19th Century. In many ways, his work can be compared to that of other great chronicler of early Victorian London – Charles Dickens. The characters that populate The Pickwick Papers or Little Dorrit can all be glimpsed in Scharf’s sketches and prints. More
Prompted by the recent discovery of an impressive three-metre tall late Gothic drawing of a soaring tower and spire, this book offers a rare insight into the processes of designing and building a major Gothic project. The drawing’s place and date of creation are unknown, and it corresponds to no surviving Gothic tower. Equally mysterious is the three-quarter, top-down perspective from which the tower is represented, without parallel in any other medieval drawings. Who drew this? When? And what did he hope to convey with his choice of a top-down representation of the tower? Building a Crossing Tower explores these questions, and uncovers the dramatic circumstances in which this drawing was created. More
This second publication in the series of small picture books on individual works of art in Sir John Soane's Museum features the anonymous North Italian Album, a unique work of the Italian Renaissance - 68 highly coloured designs on vellum for architecture, furniture, stage sets and decorative objects. More