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Long horizontal mirror, XF145, English, unknown maker. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly

Long horizontal mirror, English, unknown maker

Gilt wood and mirror glass

Height: 29cm
Width: 159cm

Museum number: XF145

Curatorial note

In flat gilt frame with narrow cavetto mouldings to inner and outer edge.

This mirror hung over the fireplace in the North Drawing Room, where it was installed by A. T. Bolton in c.1919-21.1 It is not known whether it is an original Soane item – it cannot be identified in the Furniture and Fittings inventory – or whether it was made for Bolton at that time. In 2015 this mirror was removed when the 1837 picture hang in the North Drawing Room was reinstated.

1 The mirror is not present in photographs of c.1919. It appears first in a photograph of 1929, hanging in its current position, below Owen’s double portrait of John and George Soane. Bolton moved this painting from its original position in the South Drawing Room to hang above the North Drawing Room fireplace when he created his new Research Library on the first floor in 1919-21 and it seems reasonable to assume the mirror was installed at the same time. It may have been made new for Bolton as part of the creation of his architectural library in the drawing rooms.

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