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London in Four Months

I really love art history days. Today we learned about the Grand Tour and collection in the 18th century. In the afternoon we went to the Sir John Soane museum. It is supposedly the best house museum in the world. Soane was a neo-classical architect (Bank of England), and he bought three houses in Lincoln’s Inn Field and would demolish them then build them back up. He created a half house, half museum. He collected all sorts of architectural, sculpture, paintings from ancient Rome. But the museum is not that big and it is packed. They don’t let you take bags inside because you would probably knock something priceless over. I loved it. I’m considering writing my final paper on Sir John Soane as a collector and essentially curator and museum creator. They sadly don’t allow photography inside. Afterwards we went to the Enlightenment Galleries in the British Museum…

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