Sir John Soane’s Museum examines the relationship between architect and client


IT House from the Thorpe Album, Building a Dialogue: the Architect and the Client at the Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum presents Building a Dialogue: the Architect and the Client, an exhibition exploring the delicate, complex and sometimes difficult relationship between clients and architects, charting the development of the architectural profession from Elizabethan to Victorian times. Analysing exemplary projects by Sir John Soane, and the work of and influence on the profession by some of the most illustrious British architectural pioneers – Sir Christopher Wren (1622 – 1723), William Chambers (1723 –96), Robert Adam (1728 –92) and his brother James Adam (1732 – 94) – Building a Dialogue will look at the intrinsic dynamics of architectural commissions, in an unprecedented display of rare pieces from the Museum collection. One of the exhibition’s highlights, a recently discovered drawing of the façade of the Museum, will be displayed for the first time. Conservators found the drawing in 2014, hidden behind a painting within a frame in the Museum. Building a Dialogue: the Architect and the Client will be on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum from 17 February to 9 May 2015.