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Sir John Soane , Architect of Lost London Christopher Rogers Thursday 29 June 2017

A.G.M at 10.30 a.m.      Lecture at 11.00 a.m.

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 series of grand new buildings at Whitehall some of which were built, but destroyed within a decade during the fire which destroyed the Palace in 1834. Sadly, the only one of Soane’s great buildings to survive intact is the much loved Dulwich Picture Gallery. (photo above.)

This lecture reviews his work and explores some of his lost masterpieces. 

Image above : Dulwich Art Gallery

Christopher Rogers read Geography at Merton College Oxford and taught Geography. He started his teaching career at Solihull School and was at Marlborough College for fifteen years before finishing his career as Head of Geography at Downe House School, Newbury. He became interested in architectural history whilst at Oxford and has lectured on the subject ever since. He has run courses at Marlborough College Summer School since it was started and lectures for the National Trust. He has lived near Marlborough for many years. 

Members are invited for a glass of wine after the lecture.