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The Persistence of the Classical Essays on Architecture Presented to David Watkin

by Frank Salmon

The Persistence of the Classical Essays on Architecture Presented to David Watkin Synopsis

In this volume fifteen distinguished writers on architecture mark the retirement of Professor David Watkin from the University of Cambridge. Linked by the common theme of classicism, the chapters are divided into three sections. The first is concerned with architectural ideas and includes essays on Renaissance interpretations of Vitruvius, Roman Catholic Chapels in post-Reformation London, and architectural writers John Summerson and Hope Bagenal. The central section deals with aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Neo-classicism and includes new work on Marie-Joseph Peyre, Charles Barry and C.R. Cockerell. The final section is devoted to studies of classicism and the Picturesque in the twentieth century. The book is beautifully designed, with 107 monochrome illustrations and a full bibliography of David Watkin's work.

The Persistence of the Classical Essays on Architecture Presented to David Watkin Press Reviews

This beautiful book is a tribute to a distinguished architectural historian on an occasion of his retirement from the University of Cambridge, and includes a useful biography of David Watkin's writings published between 1961 and 2008. -- Times Higher Education Supplement, 19 February 2009 Salmon's team has produced an elegant tribute...All in all, it is a satisfying read and a fine tribute to a great historian who has had the guts to stick his neck out on more than one occasion. -- THES 19 February 2009 This beautiful book is a tribute to a distinguished architectural historian on an occasion of his retirement from the University of Cambridge, and includes a useful biography of David Watkin's writings published between 1961 and 2008. -- Times Higher Education Supplement, 19 February 2009 Salmon's team has produced an elegant tribute...All in all, it is a satisfying read and a fine tribute to a great historian who has had the guts to stick his neck out on more than one occasion. -- THES 19 February 2009 This beautiful book is a tribute to a distinguished architectural historian on an occasion of his retirement from the University of Cambridge, and includes a useful biography of David Watkin's writings published between 1961 and 2008. -- Times Higher Education Supplement, 19 February 2009 Salmon's team has produced an elegant tribute...All in all, it is a satisfying read and a fine tribute to a great historian who has had the guts to stick his neck out on more than one occasion. -- THES 19 February 2009

Book Information

ISBN: 9780856676611
Publication date: 30th November 2008
Author: Frank Salmon
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Categories: Architecture,

About Frank Salmon

DAVID WATKIN is one of the world's most renowned architectural historians. His History of Western Architecture (1986) has been translated into five languages, whilst Morality and Architecture (1977) stands as one of the most challenging texts on architectural theory written in the second half of the twentieth century. Among more than twenty books he has written are The Life and Work of C.R. Cockerell (1974), which won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (1996), winner of the Banister Fletcher Prize of the Royal Institute of ...

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