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Exhibition: Fanciful Figures

Location

Sir John Soane's Museum,

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London,
WC2A 3BP

Dates

This exhibition runs from Fri, 22nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 9th Jun 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Fri,
19th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
20th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
21st Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
24th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
25th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
26th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
27th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

anciful Figures turns visitors’ attention to ‘staffage’, the small human and animal figures in architectural drawings, which became increasingly popular during the eighteenth century.

Drawing on the drafting practices of past and present, the exhibition illustrates staffage’s ability to animate architects’ visions, both for built projects and unrealised designs.

The Georgians placed these figures, whether beautifully dressed, sociable or industrious, into their drawings to animate, add intrigue and enhance the aspirational appeal of their designs. They also played, and continue to play, an important role in indicating the scale and function of architectural elements and drawing attention to the special features of designs.

Just as architects today use staffage to help prospective buyers imagine a life in and around new developments, these historic scenes were created to market new possibilities to audiences. They have, therefore, taken on a new significance as a means of signalling shifts in style, demographics, work, and culture. Between the city traders and happy families, street-side boxing matches and children riding in dog-carts, the figures celebrated in this exhibition help piece together a vibrant picture.

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Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer

The information and prices in this listing are presumed to be correct at the time of publishing, but please always check with the venue before making a special trip.

All images are supplied by the exhibition organiser.

This exhibition runs from Fri, 22nd Mar 2024 to Sun, 9th Jun 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

Location

Sir John Soane's Museum,

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London,
WC2A 3BP

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