Christopher Nicholson

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RIBA Drawings Monographs Christopher Nicholson Christopher Nicholson (1904-48) was a leading architect and designer of the early Modern Movement in Britain. Despite an architectural career interrupted by the Second World War and later cut short by his tragic death in a gliding accident, Nicholson left a considerable legacy of built and unbuilt projects. His most famous works of the thirties were in sympathy with the advanced modern style of his brother, the abstract artist Ben Nicholson. His young protA(c)gA(c), Hugh Casson, assisted on numerous schemes and produced many of the beautiful drawings illustrated in this book. In 1990, the RIBA Drawings Collection acquired Nicholson's complete collection of drawings, record books and photographs. A selection of this work has been reproduced here, from Nicholson's early student projects, through to his major buildings such as Augustus John's studio and the London Gliding Club, concluding with his post-war design work for aeroplane livery and radio and television sets. Neil Bingham gives an account of Nicholson's career, describing the architect's important role in the development of Modernism in Britain. RIBA Drawings Monographs focus on the work of significant architects represented in the RIBA Drawings Collection and illustrate the importance of drawing both in the process of design and as a unique visual record. The RIBA Drawings collection is the national collection for architectural drawings that range from the sixteenth century to the present day. It includes sketchbooks, albums, working and contract drawings, student and competition designs, and drawings made for presentation, exhibition and publication; both for buildings and the decorative arts. Other RIBA Drawings Monographs include: ErnA Goldfinger by Robert Elwall (No 3) Clough Williams-Ellis by Richard Haslam (No 2) Sketches by Edwin Lutyens by Margaret Richardson (No 1)

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About the author (1996)

Neil Bingham is Assistant Curator at the RIBA Drawings Collection. Born in Canada, he received a PhD in architectural history from the University of London in 1985. He has organised many exhibitions at the RIBA Heinz Gallery and is author of C.A. Busby: Regency Architect of Brighton & Hove (1987) and various articles, principally on modern architecture and design. Dr Bingham is chairman of the Brunswick Square Charitable Trust, and a long-standing committee member of the Twentieth Century Society. He lives on a Span estate in Blackheath, south London.

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