The Albert Memorial. The Prince Consort National Memorial : its history, contexts, and conservation.
New Haven and London, Yale University Press (for Paul Mellon Centre) 2000.
Folio. 454pp, many photo ills (mostly colour). Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper.
Essays on the Albert Memorial which document every aspect of its design, construction, ornamental sculpture and conservation, and which collectively provide everything that the reader needs to know about this iconic structure. Hermione Hobhouse and Gavin Stamp head the list of expert contributors, and the quality of the volume’s content is more than sufficient to make up for its profoundly irritating format, dreamed up by a book designer who wanted the volume to be tall but not wide and so provided its pages with inconveniently skimpy blank outer margins.