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Titre : At Home with the Soanes. Upstairs, ...
Éditeur : Pimpernell Press Ltd, London
Date d'édition : 2015
Reliure : Illustrated card cover
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : New Edition.
112pp. Copious illustrations (many in colour). Signed by author on title page. The Soane family and their life at home in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London at the end of the 18th century. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. N° de réf. du libraire nw02
Synopsis : Born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, architect John Soane RA died in 1837 after a long and distinguished career. He designed 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields as his home and as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After his wife's death he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. He established the house as a museum by Act of Parliament (1833) requiring that his romantic and poetic interiors be kept as they were at the time of his death. Working in the Museum in Sir John Soane's houses at Nos. 12 and 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Susan Palmer became intrigued by questions about how the Soane family lived there two centuries ago. What did they eat? What did they drink? How did they keep warm? What was their social life like? What were their servants' daily duties? In the course of many years of research she came up with the answers to these questions and many more. At Home with the Soanes tells the story of the Soane family's social and domestic life. It paints a vivid picture of the Soanes' house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, their family life with their two children, and the below-stairs relationships of their servants. At Home with the Soanes is published to coincide with the reopening, for the first time since 1837, of the private apartments at Sir John Soane's Museum. The aprtments, on the second floor of 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, include Soane's Bedroom and Bathroom, the Book Passage, the Oratory, Mrs Soane's Morning Room and the Model Room. These exquisite and intriguing spaces were dismantled after Soane's death in 1837 and pressed into service as staff accommodation and, later, offices. Their original contents - the models, model stands, pictures and furniture have spent the last nearly 200 years crammed into corners of various offices. The rooms have now been completely restored.
A propos de l'auteur: Susan Palmer is Archivist at Sir John Soane's Museum in Sir John Soane's houses at Nos 12 and 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
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