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For a period of thirty years in the mid-nineteenth century James Pennethorne was more intimately involved with the planning and building of London than any other major architect. A pupil of John Nash, he took over his teacher's practice and became government architect for the first half of Victoria's reign. He was responsible for the planning of new streets, the laying out of parks, and the design of important public buildings such as the Public Record Office, the west wing of Somerset House, and the Duchy of Cornwall office. It is therefore almost impossible for Londoners to avoid coming into contact with some aspect of his work. This study throws fresh light on some of the main architectural issues and controversies of the time. Even more important, it contributes to an understanding of the complicated relationship between government and architects, and of the forces which created the London of the nineteenth century and of today. The book therefore makes a contribution to the history of urban planning, and to urban and architectural history in general, in addition to offering an important new assessment of Pennethorne himself.Read more
- One of the first titles in a major new series, 'Cambridge Studies in the History of Architecture' edited by Robin Middleton, Joseph Rykwert and David Watkin
- Large-format, attractively illustrated volume which includes discussion and analysis of many familiar London buildings and of several interesting unbuilt schemes
- Pennethorne was a notable pupil of Nash and Pugin, both 'household names' in British architecture, who has been unfairly neglected but who is here at last given his due
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- Date Published: December 1992
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521394345
- length: 354 pages
- dimensions: 285 x 225 x 29 mm
- weight: 1.606kg
- contains: 127 b/w illus. 6 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2001
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
1. The legacy of Nash
2. Metropolitan improvements
3. Parks for the people
4. Architecture and politics
5. Public offices
7. Buildings for the Royal Family
8. The rebuilding of Whitehall
9. The final years
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