An English architect gets the due he deserves with a thoughtful pictorial perspective of his life and works. Sir Edwin Lutyens' particular brand of "Wrennaissance"--a mix of simple arts and crafts with classicism--is well documented by Wilhide, author of William Morris: Decor and
Design (1991). Few know, for instance, that Lutyens partnered with painter-turned-landscape artist Gertrude Jekyll to create some of the most harmonious homesteads in the English and foreign countryside, nor that this once-invalid child who opened a business at age 20 reveled in designing interiors and furnishings that bespoke his "building with wit." The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., London's Cenotaph war memorial, and Lutyen's tribute to English imperialism in New Delhi, India--all of which contrasted to his tumultuous personal life--stamps this architect as a true genius. Select bibliography, useful addresses, and places to visit are appended. Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Excellent photographs and a strong emphasis on interiors and furniture make Wilhide's book a worthy addition to the popular literature on England's 'Architect Laureate'.
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