Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
Admission: Free 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 26/03/2016
Free Entry
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1700
Wednesday: 1000 - 1700
Thursday: 1000 - 1700
Friday: 1000 - 1700
Saturday: 1000 - 1700
Sunday: Closed
Closed on English bank holidays. 1st tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 pm candlelight evening.
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Eliza Soane - Sir John Soane’s beloved wife – died on 22 November 1815. Her heartbroken husband never entirely recovered. This exhibition commemorates 200 years since her death, and examines the effect of this personal tragedy on Soane’s life and work.

Soane was a man fascinated with memorialisation, and was strongly concerned with creating a legacy and shaping memory through architecture. These ideas are seen throughout his career but Eliza’s death blurred the lines between the personal and the professional. Death and Memory looks at elements of Soane’s life – from his family and his home, to his collecting and architectural work - and highlights the recurring theme of mortality.

On display are rarely exhibited drawings for mausolea, funerary sculpture and monuments by architects such as Robert Adam, Piranesi, William Chambers, Nicholas Hawksmoor, John Flaxman and George Dance. These are shown alongside a design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington – one of the last drawings Soane's architectural office created before his death.

Other highlights include original designs for the Soane family tomb which was built after Eliza’s death, and objects from "sealed receptacles" - time-capsules which Soane sealed before his own death with strict instructions to open many decades later.

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