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Decimus Burton: Gentleman Architect
A contemporary of Soane, Nash, and Pugin, Decimus Burton (1800-1881) was one of the most prolific architects of his day and is best known for his work in London's Royal Parks, including: the Wellington Arch and the Serpentine pavilion in Hyde Park; villas and terraces in Regent's Park and the London Zoo; the Temperate house at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the layout and architecture of the seaside towns of Fleetwood and St. Leonards-on-Sea, and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells. Despite his success, very little is known about Burton and he is often overshadowed by the other architects of the time. There are stories of conflict and heated dispute amongst the key players which paint a vivid portrait of the architectural profession and construction industry during this period. It reappraises his legacy and summarises his significant achievements and reveals how he contributed to the birth of the picturesque style that was to develop into the Arts & Crafts movement.
208 pages, Hardcover, March 2022.
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