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Sir Nikolaus was referring to his brainchild, the hugely successful Buildings of England published by Penguin. Between 1946 and 1974 the indefatigable Pevsner roamed England, and had written 32 volumes before he turned the project over to protges. (
Michael Liversidge, Emeritus Dean of Arts, remembers the man whose appointment as the first Lecturer in European Art at Bristol in 1959 marked the effective birth of the University's Department of History of Art. John Richardson Steer was born in
the long gallery at Chastleton House. Photograph: Jim Powell for the Observer The long gallery was the special contribution of Elizabethan and Jacobean society to architecture that deals with the passing of time: it was a place for walking in bad
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Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983) is one of the great cultural heroes of the 20th century. Finding most English guide books diffuse and vague, he famously persuaded the publisher Allen Lane of the need for up-to-date county-by-county guides to the
Evening Standard/Getty Images As a young man in Germany in the 1920s Nikolaus Pevsner wrote to himself: "I must become something." His exhortation was not wasted, although what he eventually became was not what he had envisaged...Perhaps the greatest
An early sufferer of what Jeremy Paxman has called 'imposter syndrome' To say a building is "mentioned in Pevsner" is no less a wow factor than a listing in the Domesday Book. The Buildings of England series, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner's 46 county
Topham Picturepoint "It takes earnestness to make a man and diligence to make a genius," Pevsner noted at 20, and he had plenty of both. He'd started writing historical dramas at seven, and a diary begun in his teens recorded the lifelong anxieties
This engaging explanation of "what buildings do beyond keeping us out of the rain" begins with a sideswipe at one of the great worthies of British architectural writing. Pevsner's distinction between "Architecture with a capital A and mere buildings"
Though I didn't have his diaries, my biography of Nikolaus Pevsner is still reliable My sources are legitimate. I've interviewed those who knew him and accessed his archive Rosemary Hill must have good judgment as a historian: she has won a prize for