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English Parish Churches (World of Art) Paperback – June 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500201390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500201398
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on May 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
It seems hard to overstate the importance of the work of photographer Edwin Smith to the preservation and cataloguing of English ecclesiastical architecture. This book, first published in 1952 and substantially updated and enlarged after Smith's death in 1971, is, if not the definitive guide to the subject, probably one of the most important.
Smith's photography is enhanced by informative chapters, written by Graham Hutton, that trace the evolution of English parish church design and construction from well before the Conquest up to and through the Victorian era. Of course, the story of parish churches is also the story of the parish, and therefore the reader also will find here a fine capsule summary of changing sociological patterns over many centuries.
If I have one complaint, it's in the way the text, explanatory notes, and photos are arranged. Hutton's chapters are annotated with references to the photographic plates, which are all generally in one section following the relevant text. The explanatory notes on the photos, in turn, are in a section following the plates. So a reader who wants to look at a photo to which Hutton refers must turn ahead several pages to find the photo, and then several more pages to read, essentially, the caption to the photo. In all, it makes for a lot of flipping pages back and forth and a less than entirely efficient reading experience.
Apart from that, though, this title should have a lot of appeal, not just to architecture and art historians, but also to the not-insubstantial number of people who have affection for historic churches, the English countryside, and the preservation of both. There is much here to learn from, and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alfred L. Hathcock on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction to parish church architecture. The format presented in the book does require quite a bit of page turning but the format does produce an effective learning process.
As I read the text I turned to the photos and studied them as they were referenced in the text. At the conclusion of the text there are notes on the photos and then the photos follow. This format occurs throughout the book. After reading the text I then read the photo notes and studied the photos for a second time. This format and study method links the visual study of the photos with the textual study causing each to develop the other. As a result, the second photo exam reveals far more to the reader than the first.
This book has been very beneficial to me and I recommend it and the study method it creates.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Allen on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hey folks. To whatever else good you can say about this book needs to be added that Smith was a card-carrying great photographer. Look at the ways he understands the effects of natural light on his subjects.

Fortunately, his prints and negatives are now cared for in the RIBA library in London.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
Classic account of the subject. Beautiful pictures. Distillation of the views of people who've spent a lifetime on this subject.
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