A Dictionary of Architecture

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A profusely illustrated reference-guide that describes, catalogs, and explicates the terms, styles, movements, types, materials, methods, specific achievements, and leading practitioners of world architecture throughout history.

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About the author (1975)

He is a former architecture historian.

John Fleming was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England on June 12, 1919. He read English at Trinity College, Cambridge. During World War II, he served with the Intelligence Corps and wrote articles for Architectural Review in his spare time. After the war, he qualified as a solicitor and served with the John Hilton bureau at Cambridge. The death of his parents enabled Fleming to follow his own inclinations by going to Italy to try his luck as a freelance writer. In the mid-1950's, he started writing and editing with Hugh Honour. For Penguin Books, they edited the series Style and Civilization. They also edited two more series for Penguin: Architect and Society and Art in Context. Together they wrote The Visual Arts: A History, The Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts, and The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture with Nikolaus Pevsner. Fleming won two prizes in 1962 for Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh and Rome. He died on May 29, 2001 at the age of 81.

Patrick Hugh Honour was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom on September 26, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in 18th-century English literature from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. In the mid-1950's, he started writing and editing with John Fleming. For Penguin Books, they edited the series Style and Civilization. They also edited two more series for Penguin: Architect and Society and Art in Context. Together they wrote The Visual Arts: A History, The Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts, and The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture with Nikolaus Pevsner. Honour wrote several books on his own including Horace Walpole, Chinoiserie: A Vision of Cathay, The Companion Guide to Venice, Romanticism, The Image of the Black in Western Art: From the American Revolution to World War I, and The Venetian Hours of Henry James, Whistler, and Sargent. Honour organized the traveling exhibition The European Vision of America for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. As a companion to the exhibition, he wrote The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. He died on May 19, 2016 at the 88.

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