Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography

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Frank E. Salmon
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art [and] the Yale Center for British Art, 2006 - Architecture - 365 pages
In this volume, twenty international scholars explore the work of two of the twentieth century’s greatest architectural historians: the American Henry-Russell Hitchcock (1903-1987) and the Englishman Sir John Summerson (1904-1992). Both men undertook architectural training and became key polemical figures in the establishment of Modernism in the 1930s. After the war, and especially in the 1950s, both turned more exclusively to historical research and writing. While their areas of interest overlapped, their approaches greatly differed.
The contributors to the book investigate the work and methodologies of Summerson and Hitchcock, from their interests in the Northern European (as opposed to Italian) Renaissance, through their studies of the nineteenth century as a precursor to their own times, to their involvement in contemporary issues of design and conservation. The book enhances our understanding of the influences that shaped these two important figures and of the place of architecture within the social and cultural environment.
 

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Contents

Talk from the Table
7
Sir John Summerson as Curator of Sir John Soanes Museum
19
HenryRussell Hitchcock
33
A Very Personal Renaissance
69
SeventeenthCentury Rhetorical
85
Sir John Summerson and the Problem of Palladianism
105
Rewriting Sir John Summersons
117
Hitchcock Summerson and Glasgow
133
Romantic Modernity in the 1930s HenryRussell Hitchcocks
193
John Summerson and Romanticism
209
The Historical Context
221
HenryRussell Hitchcock and Dutch Architecture
243
John Summerson and the View from the Outside
263
Hitchcock Summerson
281
Notes on Contributors
353
Copyright

HenryRussell Hitchcocks
171

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About the author (2006)

Frank Salmon is assistant director for academic activities, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and associate adjunct professor of the history of art, Yale University.

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