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Mirror, English, XF357, unknown maker, early nineteenth century, mahogany, mirror glass and brass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Gareth Gardner.

Mirror in mahogany frame, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century

Mirror glass with mahogany frame and brass rod

Height: 258cm
Width: 119cm
Depth: 4.5cm

Museum number: XF357

Curatorial note

Consisting of two pieces of looking glass with a brass rod fixed across to conceal the join between the two sections; in a plain mahogany frame.

This mirror hangs to the left of the window in Mrs Soane's Morning Room and was presumably her dressing mirror. It also plays an important architectural function, being the exact equivalent to the adjacent window and thereby creates a very specific inside/outside effect with that window. It had been removed in 1919 and used to block up the doorway between the main staircase and the North Drawing Room, when that doorway was converted into a bookcase. It was reinstated in its original position in the recreated Morning Room as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.


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