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Edwin Lutyens: Country Houses Hardcover – June 16, 2009
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About the Author
Gavin Stamp, born in Bromley four years after Lutyens’s death, is an architectural historian and writer. He taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art from 1990 until 2003 and is now an independent scholar. He was one of the organizers of the Lutyens Exhibition held at the Hayward Gallery in 1981–82, and served as Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, where he is now a trustee. Among other writings, his books include The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photographs of London 1839–1879, The English House 1860–1914, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, and Telephone Boxes.
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The book provides a record of the work of a major turn-of-the-nineteenth century architect whose work built on the ideas of Norman Shaw and Phillip Webb, proponents of a return to vernacular 'Home County' elements in built forms. Luytens' designs for exterior elevations are considered to be both referential to traditional forms and creative and fresh. He was not wedded to a particular 'look'; rather he was interested in volumes and presence in his structures. In keeping with the spirit of the times, he also planned to fit the built form to its landscape.
Had this book included plan views showing how spaces worked together or had each project been presented more completely in photographs of the exteriors, I would have given the book 5 stars. Of course, 'Country Life' would not have intruded so comprehensively on the privacy of the residents of these mansions and Stamp has had to be content to work within the limitations of his sources.