King's Lynn Decorative & Fine Arts Society
King's Lynn Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Sir John Soane: Architect of a Lost London
Christopher Rogers
Thursday 11 January 2018

Christopher Rogers read Geography at Oxford and taught Geography.  Formerly Head of Geography at Downe House School, Newbury.  He became interested in Country House architecture whilst at Oxford and has lectured on the subject ever since.  Runs regular 5 day Summer School courses for Marlborough College Summer School.  Lectures for The National Trust.

'Best remembered today as a collector and connoisseur, Soane was a leading architect at the beginning of the 19th century. He built a series of lovely ‘Greek Revival’ villas, such as Pitzhanger, but his fame rested on a series of great public works in London. He rebuilt the Bank of England, of which only the outer screen wall survives. His plans for Kensington included a Triumphal Arch and a processional way to a series of grand new buildings at Whitehall, including new Law Courts and a new royal entrance to the House of Lords. Some were built, but were destroyed within a decade in the great fire which destroyed the Palace of Westminster  in 1834, while his buildings at the Royal Hospital Chelsea were lost in World War Two. Sadly, the only one of Soane’s great buildings to survive intact is the much loved Dulwich Picture  Gallery. This lecture reviews his work and explores some of his masterpieces.'