David Watkin’s English Architecture: A Concise History (Thames and Hudson, 1979) is a brief but thorough account of the art of building in England.
Every generation needs its won history of English architecture: new facts are discovered, old assumptions may turn out to be wrong, time’s perspective brings different facets into prominence. David Watkin (…) provides a brief but highly readable outline of the whole story, from Saxon times to the present, centred on buildings that people can actually see today. His European perspective illuminates England’s surprisingly close stylistic links with France, from the impact of Jumièges Abbey in the eleventh century to that of Le Corbusier in the twentieth (…) Unlike previous historians, Dr Watkin sees no falling off in quality in the nineteenth century, nor does he regard the modern movement as the logical consummation of all architectural progress, but simply as a style like any other, destined to be eventually superseded.
– David Watkin’s English Architecture: A Concise History (Thames and Hudson, 1979), book description on the back cover
The text is in English. The book has been richly illustrated with b&w photographs as well as architectural drawings.
The copy currently in our stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings. The glueing of the binding is fine. There is some age-related toning on the pages, and the covers show some slight shelf wear.