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In this classic of English architectural history (first published more than half a century ago), John Summerson provided a perceptive and highly readable account of a major building period in the history of London. Encompassing the architecture of the capital from the Great Fire of 1666 through the city's early nineteenth-century expansion, the book remains an indispensable guide to the genesis and development of Georgian London.

Summerson examines the way in which building in ...

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Overview

In this classic of English architectural history (first published more than half a century ago), John Summerson provided a perceptive and highly readable account of a major building period in the history of London. Encompassing the architecture of the capital from the Great Fire of 1666 through the city's early nineteenth-century expansion, the book remains an indispensable guide to the genesis and development of Georgian London.

Summerson examines the way in which building in late Stuart and Georgian London was conditioned by social, economic and financial circumstances. He discusses the origins of the London squares, the characteristic forms of London street architecture, the great Georgian public buildings, the industrial architecture of the docklands, and the suburban developments of the early nineteenth century. The major Georgian buildings of the capital are critically discussed and the contributions of their architects evaluated with characteristic wit and elegance.

While Summerson's text is essentially unchanged in this edition, it has been corrected in the light of new research, expanded to include a few significant buildings that were originally overlooked, and enhanced with new illustrations. The Appendix of surviving Georgian buildings has also been carefully updated.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Author's Preface (1988)
1 Air-view 1
2 Foundation Stones: Taste 10
3 Foundation Stones: Wealth 21
4 The Mercantile Stronghold 36
5 The London House and its Builders 49
6 'Fifty New Churches' and Some Others 69
7 Whig and Tory Landowners 87
8 Public Buildings and Private Palaces under George II 104
9 The Spirit and Practice of 'Improvement' 119
10 Architects of The Golden Age, 1763-1793 165
11 Building during the French Wars, 1793-1815 165
12 Great Estates: I 179
13 The Plans and Elevations of John Nash 196
14 Great Estates: II 217
15 Public Works after Waterloo 225
16 The Church and the State 244
17 Private Wealth and Public Architecture 271
18 A Note on Theatres 294
19 The Trail of Commerce 302
20 Greater Georgian London 317
21 The Ends of the Threads 339
Epilogue: Image and Artifact, 1830-1988 347
App Existing Georgian Buildings in the City and County of London 379
Notes 403
Bibliography 412
Photograph Credits 416
Index 417
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