The Classical Language of Architecture


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John Summerson


Sir John Summerson’s account of classical architecture has every right to be called a classic itself. With the help of diagrams, glossary and a wealth of photographs, the reader is taken easily from the great originals of Greece and Rome through the recapitulations and innovations of the Renaissance, the rhetoric of the Baroque and grave statements of Neo-classicism to the ‘stripped Neo-classicism’ of the moderns – every age using the classical language to make its own statement. For this edition the volume was completely redesigned and the number of illustrations more than doubled.

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Weight 315 g
Dimensions 15 x 21 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 1980
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15 x 21 cm
Weight 315 g


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Sir John Newenham Summerson, CBE was one of the leading British architectural historians of the 20th century. He wrote mainly about British architecture, especially that of the Georgian Era. He was a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, curator of Sir John Soane's Museum, London, and Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford.