First published in 1999, this volume examines Sir John Soane (1753-1837) who was one of Britain’s most inventive architects. His achievements include the Bank of England and the world’s first picture gallery at Dulwich, buildings of international importance. His country estate work, inspired by classical 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. Here we see the emergence of the key themes of his style and the results of his precise attention to proportion, design detail, and light and shade. These are among Soane’s finest works.
Making full use of the Soane Museum and country house archives, Ptolemy Dean here examines ten country house projects, reconstructing the creative transactions between client and architect, architect and skilled craftsman. It is impossible to understand Soane’s intentions without the drawings, sketches and letters which enable us to trace the process of design. With the author’s own drawings in watercolour to illustrate Soane’s use of light and space, and beautiful photographs by Martin Charles, Sir John Soane and the Country Estate offers an enthralling insight into the work of a great architect. An illustrated inventory, the first fully researched guide to Soane’s country house practice, details an architectural legacy that has rarely been matched.
Table of Contents
1. Sir John Soane’s Country Practice. 2. Chillington Hall, Staffordshire. 3. Bentley Priory, Middlesex. 4. Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire. 5. Aynhoe Park, Northamptonshire. 6. Pitshanger Manor, Middlesex. 7. Port Eliot, Cornwall. 8. Macartney House, Kent. 9. Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire. 10. Marden Hill, Hertfordshire. 11. Wotton House, Buckinghamshire.