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By Gavin Stamp
On the grounds that 2004 Gavin Stamp, certainly one of Britain's most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per month column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and advantageous artwork 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 outstanding Midland Grand inn 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 giant majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101.
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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. Not all Classical architects have been in awe of Palladio, however. Notwithstanding the Classical revival of the early 20th century, Lutyens’s contemporary, that combative architect and historian Reginald Blomﬁeld, dared to criticise the ‘fetishworship’ and the ‘Palladian superstition of the eighteenth century’ in an essay he published in 1905.
This year it is the turn of Sir John Betjeman, and his hundredth birthday is to be marked – amongst other events – by an exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum in September. Given the location, this exhibition will explore Betjeman’s relationship with architecture – a difﬁcult thing to do in terms of objects and visual material as he was neither an architect nor an architectural historian. And yet his inﬂuence was immense, and this can probably best be illustrated through the many historic buildings he tried to save and through the once-despised examples of Victorian architecture whose appreciation he is often credited single-handedly with encouraging.
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Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design by Gavin Stamp