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Osbert Lancaster: a national treasure rediscovered

Lancaster’s delightfully sardonic spoof architectural histories are handsomely republished by the Pimpernel Press

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

Cartoons, Columns and Curlicues Osbert Lancaster

Pimpernel Press, pp.304, £40, ISBN: 9781910258378

True to his saw that ours is ‘a land of rugged individualists’, Osbert Lancaster, in his self-appointed role of popular architectural historian, presented the 1,000-year history of Britain’s built environment from a resolutely personal perspective. Like the majority of his generation — Lancaster was born in 1908 and published Pillar to Post in 1938, following it with Homes Sweet Homes a year later — he cultivated a vigorous dislike of all things Victorian.

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