Georgian London

Georgian London

Georgian London

Georgian London

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This book originated in a series of lectures prepared for the Courtauld Institute in 1939, but not delivered owing to the turn of events. In 1940 it was suggested to me that the material might usefully be expanded into a book and I set about the work, completing some of the earlier chapters by the end of the year. More urgent things then intervened and the manuscript, less than half finished, was put away and only taken up again in the summer of 1944. The whole period has, of course, been somewhat unpropitious for a book of this sort. The subject-matter has been under fire from time to time and many papers, plans and drawings of whose existence I was aware have been totally inaccessible. The book cannot therefore claim to be much more than an outline. As an outline I hope it will be useful. I hope most especially that it will show what an immense amount of research remains to be done on the building- history of London since the 17th century. This research needs doing now, before the age of reconstruction blots out all that vast quantity of minor evidence which, battered and often derelict, cannot be expected to survive long.

Some of the chapters are based on papers and articles prepared for certain occasions and periodicals. Chapters II, VII and XII contain material assembled for a paper on "The Great Landowners' Contribution to the Architecture of London", read to the R.I.B.A. in 1939. Chapter III embodies parts of an article which appeared in the Architect and Building News in 1938. Chapter XIII is the substance of a lecture given at the Courtauld Institute in 1941, while Chapter XVI was read as a paper to the Ecclesiological Society in 1943.

The line-drawings in the text are, with certain exceptions, the work of Alison Shepherd, A.R.I.B.A., and my warmest thanks . . .

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