15. SOANE MUSEUM.
land, but becoming unmanageable had at last to be shot. The poor animal
did not succumb till more than 100 bullets had been fired into its body. The
skeleton numbered 4506 A. is that of the first tiger shot by the Prince of
Wales in India in 1876. The skeleton of 'Orlando', a Derby winner, and
that of a favourite, deerhound of Sir Edwin Landseer, are also exhibited
here. The Cases round the room contain smaller skeletons.
Round each of the rooms run two galleries, in which are kept numer¬
ous preparations in spirit, etc., including the diseased intestines of
INapoleon I. The galleries of the Western Museum are reached by a
staircase at the S. end of the room, those of the Eastern by a staircase at
the E. end of the room. The galleries of the Middle Room are entered
from those of either of the others. A room, entered from the staircase
of the Eastern Museum, contains a collection of surgical instruments.
The Museum is conspicuous for its admirable organisation and
arrangement. The College also possesses a library of about 35,000
At No. 13, Lincoln's Inn Fields, N. side, opposite the College
of Surgeons, is the Soane Museum (PL L9), founded by Sir John
Soane(A. 1837), the architect of the Bank of England. DuringApril,
May, and June this interesting collection is open to the public on
AVed., Thurs., and Frid., from 11 to 5 ; in February, March, July,
and August on Wed. and Thurs. only. On signing their names at
the entrance visitors are supplied with tickets (no fee). The col¬
lection, which is exceedingly diversified in character, occupies
24 rooms, some of which are very small, and is most ingeniously
arranged, every corner being turned to account. Among the contents,
many of which offer little attraction, are a few good pictures and a
number of curiosities of historical or personal interest. A General
Description of the contents, price 6d., may be had at the Museum.
The Dining Room asd Library-, which the visitor first enters, are
decorated in the Pompeian style, and contain a large cork-model,
showing the state of the excavations at Pompeii as they were in 1820.
Above it are a number of plaster models of ancient temples restored.
The ceiling paintings are by Howard, and the principal subjects are
Phoebus in his car, Pandora among the gods, Epimetheus receiving
Pandora, and the Opening of Pandora's vase. On the walls are Reynolds'
Snake in the grass, a replica of the picture at the National Gallery, and
a portrait of Sir John Soane , by Lawrence. The Greek painted fictile
vase at the S. end of the room, 2 ft. 8 in. high, and the vase and chopine
on the E. side, all deserve notice.
We now pass through two diminutive rooms into a Hall contain¬
ing numerous columns and statues. To the right is the Picture Gal¬
lery-, a room measuring 13 ft. 8 in. in length, 12 ft. 4 in breadth, and
10 ft. 6 in. in height, which , by dint of ingenious arrangement, can ac¬
commodate as many pictures as a gallery of the same height, 45 ft. long
and 20 ft. broad. The walls are covered with movable shutters, hung
with pictures on both sides. Among these are: Hogarth, The Election
a series of four pictures; Canaletto, ::;Port of Venice, The Rialto at
Venice, and The Piazza of St. Mark; Raphael (? Giulio Romano), Study
of a head from one of the cartoons. — When the last shutter of the S.
wall is opened we see below us a kind of small chapel with an altar and
stained glass windows, and on a beam above it a copy of a nymph by
From the hall with the columns we descend into a kind of crypt,
containing the tombstone of Lady Soane. Here we thread our way to the
left through numerous statues, both originals and casts, and relics of
ancient art, to the Sepulchral Chamber, illumined by a yellow light from