Georgian London

John Summerson; Edited by Howard Colvin

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June 10, 2003
446 pages, 6 x 8 1/4
171 b/w + 30 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300089882
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In this classic of English architectural history (first published more than half a century ago), John Summerson provides a perceptive and highly readable account of a major building period in the history of London. Encompassing the architecture of the capital from the Great Fire of 1666 through the city’s early nineteenth-century expansion, the book remains an indispensable guide to the genesis and development of Georgian London. Summerson examines the way in which building was conditioned by social, economic, and financial circumstances and discusses some of Britain’s most important buildings and their architects.

While Summerson’s text is essentially unchanged in this edition, it has been corrected in the light of new research, expanded to include a few significant buildings that were originally overlooked, and enhanced with new illustrations. The Appendix of surviving Georgian buildings has also been carefully updated.

Sir John Summerson (1904–1992) was the curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London for almost forty years, simultaneously teaching the history of architecture at the Architectural Association in London and at Birkbeck College, University of London. His many books include Architecture in Britain 1530–1830 for the Pelican History of Art series and The Classical Language of Architecture. Sir Howard Colvin is Emeritus Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford University. His previous books include Essays in English Architectural History, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840, Unbuilt Oxford, and Architecture and the After-Life, all published by Yale University Press.

“Humane, civilized, with an eye always for the rogues and eccentrics who often made the story, this is architectural writing at its best.”—Kerry Downes, Times Literary Supplement

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