Once upon a time, there was a wizard who knew what Heaven and Hell looked like. In fact, he designed them. He also drew the greatest royal palaces that Britain has ever dreamed of, and a massive new Parliament building. He assembled complete, monumental cities and prototype skyscrapers. The name of this magician was Joseph Michael Gandy, and he did all this in the first few decades of the 19th century. Gandy was doomed to disappointment - he built very little in the real world, and was destined to be comprehensively eclipsed by another architect. He died a mad, penniless, abandoned old man. But he was no failure, because his extraordinary visions survive.
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Anonymous renaissance artist, a repertory of capitals, from the ‘North Italian Album’, ink on velum. Courtesy Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Casa particular de Sir John Soane, Londres, 1811-1837 (Casas 12,13 y 14 en Lincoln Inn’s Fields)