Mary Beard: What’s left of John Soane, 17 February 2000
Show More John Soane: An Accidental Romantic by Gillian Darley.
Yale, 358 pp., £25, September 1999, 0 300 08165 0Show More
John Soane, Architect: Master of Space and Light by Margaret Richardson and Mary-Anne Stevens.
Royal Academy, 302 pp., £45, September 1999, 0 300 08195 2Show More
Sir John Soane and the Country Estate by Ptolemy Dean.
Ashgate, 204 pp., £37.50, October 1999, 1 84014 293 6Show More
“... Tombs do not rank high in the history of modern architecture. Only two grave monuments in London have been designated as Grade One Listed Buildings: the icon of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery, and the aggressively idiosyncratic construction that is the memorial to the family of Sir John Soane (‘architect to the Bank of England &c &c &c’, as the inscription proclaims) in the burial ground next to Old St Pancras Church – the romantic spot where Shelley first caught sight of Mary Godwin, but now part of some lugubrious gardens sandwiched between the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the mainline railway and St Pancras Coroner’s Court ...”