The Cloud Capped Towers: Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum
Until October 08
Four-hundred years on from Shakespeare’s death, Sir John Soane’s Museum is celebrating Soane’s love of the great bard with exhibition ‘The Cloud-Capped Towers’: Shakespeare in Soane’s Architectural Imagination.
The Library Dining Room ©DerryMoore
Architect John Soane (d.1837) acquired an extensive collection of Shakespeare’s work during his lifetime. It’s his collection, as well as loans from the Garrick Club (named after actor David Garrick who popularised Shakespeare in Georgian London), that define the exhibition; presented across two rooms of John Soane’s magnificent home.

The influence that William Shakespeare’s literature had on Soane’s architecture is also celebrated throughout this exhibition, which is offering visitors the rare chance to see Shakespeare’s first four folios displayed together in one place. A selection of Soane’s large-scale Royal Academy lecture drawings, usually only viewed by appointment, is also being exhibited.


Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Opening hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
Entry fee:
April 21 - October 08


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