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Before the Blitz: the dynamism of British architecture

Many competing styles flourished in the interwar years, including functionalism, art deco, neoclassicism, seaside moderne, mock-Mayan and Egyptian revivalism

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

9 March 2024

9:00 AM

Interwar: British Architecture 1919-1939 Gavin Stamp

Profile, pp.593, 40

Gavin Stamp was a prolific and unusually level-headed architectural writer and historian. Less emotional than Ian Nairn, pithier and more immediate than Nikolaus Pevsner (he knew both men), Stamp wrote definitive books on grand and humble subjects. These ranged from his hero Edwin Lutyens, to brutalism, to Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s scarlet telephone boxes of 1935.

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