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TAYLOR, John (1757--1832)
Sonnet to John Soane, Esq. R.A. Professor of Architecture to the Royal Academy, on his lectures at that institution.
[London]: [1819].
[2] p. ; 11.8 cm. (16º)

Drop-head title. Verse set as for a newspaper. The author was John Taylor, proprietor of The Sun newspaper from 1813 to 1825 and one of Soane's closest friends in later life, who wrote other verses to Soane on the Pitt cenotaph at the National Debt Redemption Office (q.v.; q.v.) and on his 'anonymous assailants' (q.v.). The present sonnet can be dated to March 1819 by a contemporary inscription which accompanies copy 5 (see below). It was later included in Taylor's Poems on various subjects (London, 1827), I, p. 174 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Copies 1--4: Four copies, clipped together with eleven copies of Taylor's sonnet on the building of Soane's cenotaph to William Pitt (q.v.).
Copy 5: This copy has been laid down on a C20th statement of the Museum's accounts by the curator A.T. Bolton together with an extract from an unidentified newspaper (presumably The Sun) printing the same verses under the heading 'Poetry' and dated in ink 24 March 1819 (corrected from 19 March); a copy of Taylor's Sonnet to John Soane, Esq. R.A. on the cenotaph now building ... (q.v.); and an undated newspaper report of Soane's fifth Royal Academy lecture 'on Thursday night'.

Binding Copies 1--4: Clipped together in paper wrappers by A. T. Bolton in April 1924, with the upper cover inscribed Spare Copies Two Sonnets. addressed to Sir John Soane RA. 1818-19. by John Taylor.
Copy 5: Loose paper.

Reference Number 3439


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