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Sir John Soane was a renowned architect of the late Georgian period, specialising in the Neo-Classical style. As well as holding the post as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and Architect to the Bank of England.
Soane was an early member of the Royal Institution (Ri). In 1799 he was given the task of assessing a townhouse in Albemarle Street to see if it was suitable to turn into a scientific institution; following his report the property was purchased and the Ri has been here ever since.
oil on canvas
H 75.2 x W 62.2 cm
gift from Edward M. Foxhall, Esq. 1853