Nineteenth century architecture in Britain.
London (&c.), Batsford 1950.
8vo. x+118pp, 126 photo ills on plates, incl. frontispiece. Publisher’s cloth.
First edition of Turnor’s critical analysis of the architectural world from the Regency to the end of the Victorian era. An interesting book which brings the leading architects of the time to life, although Turnor makes it clear that he disapproves of a large number of them, viewing the nineteenth century as an age of decadence and chaos. He is not entirely optimistic for the future, either, saying of the modern movement, already three decades old when this book was published, “It is too soon to say whether or not any great buildings will come out of such a movement, but the prospects are not very good.”