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Good reports come from Piers Gough about the John Soane exhibition which opens at the Royal Academy next month. Scene painters are busy recreating some of Soane's best ceilings in a style Gough describes as 'a bit impasto' with, for instance, painted-on mirrors. 'Its an exhibition, not the real thing,' Gough said, explaining that much of his strategy is to reduce the scale so as not to drown the domestic work, and to hide the decoration of the ra rooms which is, he says, 'the wrong kind of Classicism'.

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