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A Discerning Eye

Several of the apprentices of The Guild and I recently attended a tour and drawing session at The Soane Museum in London’s Lincoln’s Inn.

As stonemasons in training, it was as valuable as it was exciting to see so many fine architectural and sculptural examples at close quarters where their detail could be properly appreciated. Owing to the fact that both the fabric of the buildings and Soane's careful curation of the pieces continue to be faithfully maintained by the Museum, the collection also stands, in and of itself as a testament to his discerning eye and keen understanding of architectural principles: Light, scale, acoustics, proportion and colour are all employed to elicit a distinct feeling in each room and to showcase the pieces to their advantage without ever overshadowing them.