|Photo courtesy of Cheezburger.com|
|Tim Wonnacott - photo courtesy of the BBC.|
|Soanes Museum - the cream coloured building to the left of the picture.|
Greek and Roman marbles line the stairwells, a full sized Egyptian sarcophagus in the basement, a room of Hogarth's mounted on hinged walls. In the basement, Soanes created an atmosphere reminiscent of catacombs or Roman burial chamber, of which the centre piece was the magnificent Egyptian sarcophagus of King Seti I; bought by Soanes when the
|The Bank of England - designed by Sir John Soanes.|
"Padre Giovanni has come to visit," and disappear into the Monk's Parlour to take tea. However since Padre Giovanni was fictitious, actually a play on Soanes' own name 'John' - his visits were an excuse to enjoy solitude.
|The sarcophogus in Soanes house - and yes it is as mad as this!|
I've gone a long way round the houses to say I'm proud that my 'guilty secret' inspired a visit to a place I hadn’t heard of before- and I feel less guilty as a result!
|Portraits of Sir John Soanes by Sir Frances Chantry.|