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A pilaster capital from the façade of the Banqueting House, Whitehall, designed by Inigo Jones, removed by John Soane during his restoration of the building c.1829.

Carved stone

Museum number: M391

Curatorial note

This salvaged capital, designed by one of Soane's architectural heroes, Inigo Jones, was installed in the basement at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields in c.1830, as the centrepiece of an arrangement of fragments salvaged from the Banqueting House which was initially placed on the north side of the Basement Ante Room and then moved to the Basement South Passage, where it was at the time of Soane's death. Sadly, in 1889-90, the arrangement was dismantled and only this capital survives.

Works to the facade of the Banqueting House in 2017-18 permitted us, in collaboration with English Heritage, to obtain detailed measurements of surviving elements and we hope to be able to recreate the missing fragments in plaster so that we can restore this lost arrangement.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk