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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


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

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.


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

About the Author

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 British Architects, and, most recently and also published by Philip Wilson, Carl Laubin Paintings. David Watkin has worked for his entire career at the University of Cambridge, where he has been a Fellow of Peterhouse since 1970. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been Vice-Chairman of The Georgian Group since 1991. Frank Salmon is a Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.

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Publication date

1st November 2008


Frank Salmon

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Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd


128 pages





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