Talk:John Soane

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Professorships[edit]

My sources are primarily this and this, and they disagree as to the Professorship imbued upon Soane; the former says Architecture in 1809 (which seems most plausable), the latter, Sculpture, in 1806. Although it is possible that they are both true (and that Soane held both posts) I've left out that of Sculpture whilst looking for another source (id est, this line:

He was made Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1809, which he held until death.

... from the third paragraph was previously:

He was made Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy in 1806 and Professor of Architecture in 1809, which he held until death.

... and can be semantically reverted if necessary). I'll do some more research into this to find out whether one, the other, or both of the sources are correct. This is just a note in case I die or somesuch fate befalls me ;-).

-- James F. 19:55, 22 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Wasn't the Dulwich Picture Gallery built in 1817, not 1917? Stagehand (talk) 12:58, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

Telephone Box[edit]

Why dose this article still state that Gilbert Scott fashioned the telephone box on Soane 's tomb? The inspiration came first from George Dance the Younger's gates to the house that Soane bought (long before Soane was dead and had a mausoleum built)! In the adjacent parish, Gilbert Scott went on to design St Mary's Church, Hanwell and there is a marmoreal in the gaveyard that also bears a close resemblance to a midgets telephone box – just like Soane tomb. Can anybody find suitable references on the web of Gilbert Scott stating that his inspiration was from the the gate piers of Pitzhanger Manor The propotions of Slones tomb are nothing like a telephone box. Photo: [1]?--Aspro (talk) 15:36, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Personal life[edit]

There's very little here about his private life - I visited the museum today and discovered he clearly had a very stormy family life, worthy of a Dickensian drama! It's terribly ironic that he purchased Hogarth's Rakes Progress and displayed it to his teenage sons, only for the younger to become a rake himself and disgrace the family! It's that disgrace we have to thank for the existence of the museum as it is today. Gymnophoria (talk) 23:27, 23 March 2011 (UTC)