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This is probably one of the quirckiest museum in London. The place was the house of John Soane, the son of a bricklayer; who designed this house to live in, and to host his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.
Quirky because the place is crammed with objects. From floor to ceiling each room is full of items, paintings, sculptures, books, antiques, the result of a collector that used to pile up everything he could collect and acquire over his life time (from 1780s to his death in 1837).
At the end of his life, he decided to create a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access, leaving his collections and personal effects. The Museum’s collections contain many important works of art and antiquities and the collection is as diverse as you can possibly imagine, from Greek vases, Roman busts, 18th-century statuary, cinerary urns and a massive Egyptian sarcophagus to masterpieces by Canaletto, Watteau, Turner and Hogarth.
Canaletto was an Italian painter of landscapes, or vedute, of Venice. He was also an important printmaker in etching.
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Jean-Antoine Watteau was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement (in the tradition of ... read more
John Flaxman was a British sculptor and draughtsman, and a leading figure in British and European Neoclassicism. Early in his career he ... read more
Sir Joshua Reynolds was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits and promoting the "Grand Style" in ... read more
William Hogarth was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited ... read more
Joseph Mallord William Turner was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a ... read more