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Circular convex mirror in black reeded frame, English, unknown maker, early nineteenth century for Sir John Soane, ebonised wood

Diameter: 38cm
Width (frame): 3cm, approximately

Museum number: XF368

Curatorial note

One of a set of four with XF369, XF370 and XF371. In 1828 Soane placed these four convex mirrors over the circular holes which were previously in the corners of the Breakfast Room dome as shown in the watercolour by J. M. Gandy of 1825 (Vol. 82, 27) to create a complex series of ‘fish-eye’ reflections as shown in C. J. Richardson’s preparatory watercolour for the 1830 Description (Vol. 85A), presumably for the benefit of those seated at the central table. These mirrors have identical frames to those on other convex mirrors XF358–XV361 and XF234.


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