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Goodhart-Rendel, H.S.

English architecture since the regency. An interpretation.

London, Constable 1953.

Reference: 11702
Price: £24 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. 296pp, incl. frontis & 48 ills. Publisher’s cloth. Pencil ownership inscription of Humphry House, literary scholar (see ODNB), and a pencil note in his hand “This is a wonderfully interesting & intelligent book”.

Although published as late as 1953, this book is based on a series of lectures delivered by Goodhart-Rendel at Oxford in 1934, thus accounting for his complete silence on English architecture from that point onwards (which he no doubt thought too dreadful to contemplate). For the architecture of the century or so preceding 1934, it is however a real treat to read, for it combines genuine learning with a sparkling prose style and strong opinions on all the great Victorian architects.