A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840

Third Edition

Howard Colvin

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September 27, 1995
1264 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300060911
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Published for the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art

This authoritative and now classic work of reference on the history of British architecture contains biographical information on some 2,000 architects who practiced in England, Scotland, and Wales from the time of Inigo Jones (1573-1650) to that of William Burn (1789-1870) and Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860). The third edition of what began in 1954 as A Biographical Dictionary of English Architects 1600-1840, it now includes 150 new entries.

The dictionary lists every building of importance whose architect can be identified, together with such details as dates of erection and demolition, style, and references to illustrations and published descriptions. Besides a concise biography of each architect, the book gives, whenever possible, a brief assessment of the quality of the architect's work. All architectural books published by British architects of the period 1600-1840 are listed by author name, and there are full indices of persons and buildings. The dictionary is prefaced by an essay on the history of architectural practice in Britain between 1600 and 1840.

The book is an essential tool for architectural historians, conservationists, and local historians in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Howard Colvin is emeritus fellow at St. John's College, Oxford. He is also the author of Architecture and the After-Life and Unbuilt Oxford, published by Yale University Press.

"Perhaps Colvin's best known work, is now in its revised and enlarged third edition. The volume is the standard reference work for all known architects practising from the time of Inigo Jones to the end of the Georgian period. . . . The possibilities for research and cross reference that the dictionary provides cannot be over-estimated."—Dana Arnold, Architects' Journal

"It was with considerable enthusiasm that the new third edition has been received. . . . Colvin's dictionary forms an indispensable source of reference for any serious architectural historian or professional involved in the research and recording of historic buildings from this period."—Building Conservation Journal

"[An] indispensable book for any architecture historian, professional and amateur."—Colin Amery, Financial Times

"A definitive work of reference, but also extraordinarily absorbing, a book to savour again and again."—Linda Colley, The Observer

"[An] indispensable work of scholarship. . . . It is an achievement worthy of knighthood: how delightful it is that that is just what its creator was awarded earlier this year."—David Watkin, Country Life

"There can be no question that this book should be on the shelf of every serious architectural historian: it is there already. The question is whether the third edition should elbow into obscurity the first (of 1954) or the second (of 1989). Setting aside personal considerations of shelf-space, depth of pocket and level of need there can be little doubt that it should."—John Warren, Antiquaries Journal

"An authoritative and now classic work of reference containing information on some 2,000 architects who practiced in England, Scotland, and Wales from the time of Indigo Jones to that of William Burn and Sir Charles Barry."—Virginia Quarterly Review

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