This exhibition deployed a selection from the Soane Museum’s outstanding collection of architectural drawings, paintings, and other archives to explore a multifaceted theme. That theme, the relationship between the designers of buildings and those they serve, is of course central to the discipline of architectural history. In an absorbing and informative display, the exhibition shed much light, with material stretching coverage from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. It will come as no surprise, however, that the focus was principally on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, on Soane himself, the Adam brothers, and, to a lesser extent, their contemporaries. The exhibition thus implicitly dealt with professionalization, the shifting toward fixity in that...

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