Clough Williams-Ellis was an architect whose work is much concerned with the creation of happiness, particularly at his model resort at Portmeirion on the Welsh west coast. He had an office in London from 1906 to 1939, and then practised and wrote from home in his native North Wales. This book reproduces over eighty of Clough's designs, mostly for buildings but including some for furnishings. It concentrates on the line and colour of an unusually visual and cheerful architect, whose drawings are striking works in themselves, and who stood somewhat apart from his more traditional, and later more Modernist, fellows. The drawings, selected from those in the Drawings Collection at the RIBA, represent various aspects of his career: cottages and small public buildings, country houses and churches, public halls and gardens, and Portmeirion where he worked from 1925 to 1976. Richard Haslam describes Clough's background career, his London office, and his architectural vision. Each illustration is accompanied by an extensive caption describing the scheme.
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Amabel Strachey architect architectural Arts and Crafts Ashridge Bishop's Stortford College Breconshire British Empire Exhibition building built Bushmills Caernarfonshire centre at Shrivenham chapel church Classical Clough Williams-Ellis Clough's drawings Coed Coch coloured washes commissions Cornwell Manor crayon Denbighshire elevation Guildford Gwynedd Hampstead landscape later layout Llangoed Llangoed Castle London Lutyens Maeshafn Merioneth Nantclwyd North Wales Oare House Oundle School pair of cottages park pavilion Pen and pencil pen with coloured Pen with pencil pencil additions Pencil and watercolour pencil on tracing Pencil with coloured Pentrefelin Pentrefelin Parsonage perspective Piazza Plas Brondanw Portmeirion post-war Preliminary design realised Reed Pond House RIBA Drawings Romney's House roof Royal Academy scale scheme sheet Shrivenham sketch St Loe Strachey Stowe School style Surrey technique town tracing paper tradition Uangoed Castle Victorian village centre visual washes and watercolour washes on tracing watercolour on tracing Welsh Wembley Workington youth hostel