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Rectangular mirror, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, probably made for Sir John Soane, XF139. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Rectangular mirror, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, probably made for Sir John Soane

Height: 168cm
Width: 124cm
Depth: 4.5cm

Museum number: XF139

Curatorial note

In a gilt frame with shallow cushion moulding inside a neat narrow cavetto moulding.

In the 1825 view of the South Drawing Room by J. M. Gandy (Vol. 82, 29) a convex mirror at the west end of the room is shown reflected in the overmantel mirror. However, by the time of Soane’s death, according to the Furniture and Fittings Inventory, a rectangular mirror in a gilt frame hung in this position. This mirror is shown in early twentieth century photographs hanging at the west end of the South Drawing Room1 and there is no reason to suppose that it is not the one which hung there in 1837.2 Its frame did not match that of the overmantel mirror at the other end of the drawing room (XF232).

1 Soane Archive, Spiers Album, c. 1911.
2 It was moved to the front first floor room of No. 12 in 1969 when Sir John Summerson created a new Research Library there, see p. 256-57.


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