What do you make of Sir John Soane’s work?
While I adore (adore!) the Sir John Soane Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and its splendid collections (including Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ and some very nice Canalettos), I wasn’t too keen on his (brief) country home, Pitzhanger Manor.
To be fair, he designed the place and then moved out (living there for less than a decade).
However, my visit to the house very much highlighted how distinguishable his style is.
Maybe being able to spot an architect’s work just comes through experience, but I think I’m pretty good nowadays of say “that’s very Adam-esque/Wyatt-esque/Sloane-esque, if not by the man himself”.
Soane’s signature style seems decisive, angular, heavily influenced by Greek key, definitely bold.
What do you make of this sorry house (in council ownership and currently a fledgling chick, awaiting a serious injection of cash to revive it). I wouldn’t bother. More of an ugly duckling. I’d pour the cash into maintaining the Sir John Soane Museum itself, where the treasures that were originally displayed at Pitzhanger Manor were moved.
One to return to in 20 years time…
When visited: September 2013
Theme tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neX_E8Ozf88