SHAW: RICHARD NORMAN SHAW

SHAW: RICHARD NORMAN SHAW.

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Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912) was the most fertile, representative and immediately influential domestic architect of the late Victorian period in England. His training and early career coincided with the heyday of the Gothic Revival, in which style he designed a handful of original churches. His most prolific period of practice saw the triumph of the 'Old English' and 'Queen Anne' domestic styles which are largely associated with his name. A series of powerful urban buildings designed towards the end of Shaw's career reveals him as one of the foremost proponents of a revived classicism. In each of these styles the piquant originality of Shaw's designs and the brilliance of his planning captivated his contemporaries in the architectural and social world alike. He became the undisputed leading architect of his day and the precursor of such different talents as Lutyens and Voysey. In the United States, Shaw's distinctive contribution to English domestic architecture played a formative part in the evolution of the Shingle Style. This new edition of a major work offers a completely revised text and new introduction and is now illustrated generously in colour, with many specially commissioned photographs.

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