Sketches and studies on show at Sir John Soane’s Museum


An exhibition of drawings by Eric Parry at Sir John Soane’s Museum divides the work into three thematic sections: Observing, Designing and Building.


Top: Perspective view of 30 Finsbury Square (2002).
Above: Elevation study for an office building at Pancras Square, London (2003-2014)

Works on display were created over the last four decades, and range from sketchbooks that record Parry’s travels to Iran and India in his twenties (displayed in purpose-designed table cases and vitrines) to exploratory drawings and detailed renderings of recent projects such as the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath (2007), the renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields and office buildings in the City of London and the West End.


Above: Bird’s-eye view of the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath; preliminary sketch of the lightwell and interlocking circular form at St-Martins-in-the-Fields, London (2002-2008).

Two additional exhibits are a video installation in the Foyle Space exploring the construction of Parry’s corten-steel-framed 4 Pancras Square, and an intervention in the museum’s Picture Room, illustrating the same project from different perspectives. In a supporting publication, Parry discusses the role of drawing in his practice with exhibition curator Owen Hopkins.


Above: Facade study, 50 New Bond Street

‘Eric Parry: Drawing’
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
20 February – 27 May 2019