By Gavin Stamp

ISBN-10: 1781312176

ISBN-13: 9781781312179

On account that 2004 Gavin Stamp, one in every of Britain's most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per thirty days column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and nice paintings journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it'd be the luxurious reopening of the wonderful Midland Grand lodge at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne, the much-lamented dying of the unique Routemaster bus, or the large majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101.

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As he would soon demonstrate in New Delhi and elsewhere, Lutyens would handle that language with astonishing originality – playing games and bending the rules. But in fact Palladio was not a major influence on Lutyens, and in Italy (which he only visited for the first time in 1909) he was much more impressed by the Mannerism of Sanmichele in Verona. Sanmichele, however, was scarcely as well known as Palladio and certainly never gave his name to a style. Born five hundred years ago – on 30 November – in Padua, Andrea Palladio became one of the most revered and influential architects in Palladian Games 19 history.

Osbert Lancaster – cartoonist, designer, architectural and travel writer, stage-designer, wit and dandy – was born in 1908. His centenary is being celebrated with an exhibition at the Wallace Collection, curated by James Knox, accompanied by a splendid book, Cartoons & Coronets: The Genius of Osbert Lancaster, which includes a wealth of his drawings, cartoons Cartoon History 45 and stage-designs as well as an admirable biographical introduction by Knox. The story of Lancaster’s life has been told before, not least in his own, captivating, two volumes of autobiography.

It is a craven taste which has sustained the lucrative career of that most pedantic and unimaginative of modern Classical architects, Quinlan Terry. The problem, perhaps, is the very nature of Palladianism, for not only did the superior foreign manner become snobbish by association but , in the hands of that prissy, intolerant aesthete, the Earl of Burlington, who could only understand architecture by reference to Palladio’s books, it became a mere formula for producing grand houses. What, surely, is regrettable is that this Palladian Games 21 taste for elegant boxes with porticoes brought to an end the glorious native phase of the English Baroque, of the original and truly monumental interpretations of Classical precedent achieved by Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh.

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