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Sir John Soane and the Country Estate
by Ptolemy Dean
ISBN 1840142936 / 9781840142938 / 1-84014-293-6
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
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Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was one of Britain's most inventive architects, whose achievements include the Bank of England and the world's first picture gallery at Dulwich. His country estate work, inspired by classicl antiquity, ranges in scale from the remodelling of existing country houses, such as Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire and Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire, to simple outbuildings. Each reveals further the emergence of key themes of Soane's style and the results of his precise attention to proportion, design detail, and light and shade. Using the Soane Museum and country house archives, the author of this text examines ten of Soane's country house projects, reconstructing the creativity between client and architect. With the author's own drawings in watercolour to illustrate Soane's use of light and space, and photographs by Martin Charles, the text offers an insight into the work of this renowned architect. An illustrated inventory, a fully research guide to Soane's country house practice, details Soane's architectural legacy. [via]