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TAYLOR, John (1757--1832)
Sonnet to John Soane, Esq. R.A. on the cenotaph now building at the Bank to the memory of the late Right Honourable William Pitt, a section of which was exhibited among the architectural drawings at the Royal Academy, ... By John Taylor, Esq.
[London]: [1818].
[2] p. ; 11.8 cm. (16º)

Drop-head title. Verse set as for a newspaper. First line: 'Ingenuous Artist, who, with patriot pride, ...' The building of Soane's National Debt Redemption Office containing a memorial to William Pitt was begun in 1818. See Giles Waterfield (ed.), Soane and death (London 1996), pp. 112--113. Taylor's sonnet on the subject was later published in Poems on various subjects, by John Taylor, Esq. (London, 1827), I, p. 164 (q.v.). Taylor, proprietor of The Sun newspaper from 1813 to 1825, was one of Soane's oldest and closest friends. He did not exhaust his vein with the present sonnet, and penned further verses apparently after building was complete (q.v.).

Copy Notes Copies 1--11: Eleven copies, clipped together with four copies of Taylor's sonnet on Soane's lectures at the Royal Academy (q.v.).
Copy 12: This copy has been laid down on a C20th statement of the Museum's accounts by the curator A.T. Bolton together with a copy of Taylor's Sonnet to John Soane, Esq. R.A. Professor of Architecture to the Royal Academy, on his lectures at that institution (q.v.); an extract from an unidentified newspaper (presumably The Sun) printing the latter verses under the heading 'Poetry' and dated in ink 24 March 1819 (corrected from 19 March); and an undated newspaper report of Soane's fifth Royal Academy lecture 'on Thursday night'.

Binding Copies 1--11: 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 12: Loose paper.

Reference Number 3438


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