Monday, July 03, 2006

Sir John Soane was a bit of a hoarder

In fact I'm not sure the word hoarder quite cuts it. The Sir John Soane's Museum is his house as he left it - crammed to the rafters with architectural artefacts, statues, casts of ruins and the odd Egyptian Sarcophagus. Oh, and William Hogarth's The Rake's Progress. The staff are really helpful and friendly, and I'm told the pianist with his back to the viewer is Handel - not a particularly great mate of Hogarth's, and wanted a portrait but thought he shouldn't have to pay for it. So he was added into Hogarth's next series.

Sir John Soane's Museum

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