If you’re looking for something slightly different to the conventional hanging of museums and galleries … this is DEFINITELY for you. On Tuesday, I went on a little trip to the Sir John Soane’s Museum to see for myself.
The museum also houses Hogarth’s famous A Rake’s Progress (Mentioned in my Grayson Perry essay) … so that was a huge bonus!
Sir John Soane was an English neoclassical Architect. He designed the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The museum is basically his house with all the antiquities he acquired over the years… and it is COVERED in them….
5 things I discovered at the gallery:
1) He designed a palour and yard in his house for an Imaginary Monk!
The monk was named Padre Giovanni – some say his creation was stimulated my Soane’s own sense of isolation. The parlour is designed in a Gothic style, and is intended to be melancholic through the restricted light and intense, deep colours. He admired the way the Gothic taught a young architect how to use light, but said the form was too capricious.
Sometimes, he would write in the monk’s diary. After his wife’s death, he wrote on one evening “Dined as usual alone…returned to my solitary cell! The Mansion of Woe”. One the Monk’s grave is the inscription “Alas, Poor Fanny!” – it is in fact Mrs Soane’s lapdog Fanny who is actually buried here.