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The Small House in Eighteenth-Century London

Peter Guillery; Drawings by Andrew Donald; New Photographs by Derek Kendall

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June 10, 2004
360 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/4
220 b/w + 50 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300102383

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and in association with English Heritage

London’s modest eighteenth-century houses—those inhabited by artisans and laborers in the unseen parts of Georgian London—can tell us much about the culture of that period. This fascinating book examines largely forgotten small houses that survive from the eighteenth century and sheds new light on both the era’s urban architecture and the lives of a culturally distinctive metropolitan population.

Peter Guillery discusses how and where, by and for whom the houses were built, stressing vernacular continuity and local variability. He investigates the effects of creeping industrialization (both on house building and on the occupants), and considers the nature of speculative suburban growth. Providing rich and evocative illustrations, he compares these houses to urban domestic architecture elsewhere, as in North America, and suggests that the eighteenth-century vernacular metropolis has enduring influence.

Peter Guillery is a senior investigator for English Heritage.

"A wonderful historical and visual tour of ‘low-style’ housing from the century in which London gained the metropolitan character we are familiar with today."—Benedict O ‘Looney, AA Files

“Guillery’s compelling study . . . is beautifully illustrated and exhaustive.’—Robin Stummer, Cornerstone

“A gripping read for anyone interested in London or 18th century architecture.”—Giles Worsley, Country Life Magazine

“An invaluable and fascinating book.”—

“In his enthralling survey . . . Guillery’s creative historical reading of the evidence has enabled him to create a world that until now has been at best obscured.”—Judith Flanders, Saturday Telegraph

"Guillery's highly detailed treatment is insightful, comprehensive, and  . . . absorbing. The production qualities of the volume are excellent. . . . The volume is bound to become a standard reference for those interested in understanding London's architectural history in its larger societal context."—David A. Simmons, Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology

 Finalist for the 2006 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Single author, pre-circa 1800 subject category.

Shortlisted for the 2005 Royal Institute of British Architects Award given by RIBA Magazine

Winner of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion 2006
Survey of London: Woolwich

Volume 48

Andrew Saint, General Editor, and Peter Guillery, Volume Ed

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