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A Passion for Building: The Amateur Architect in England 1650-1850 - OUT OF PRINT

282 x 212 mm, paperback, 48 pages, full colour
PRICE: £12.95
ISBN: 978 0 9549041 6 6

 

This exhibition and catalogue celebrates the most gifted, inventive and eccentric amateurs of the 18th and early 19th centuries with a selection of drawings, engravings and portraits gathered from Soane's collection and other museums, archives and private houses around the country. Read more


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John Betjeman: A Passion for Architecture OUT OF PRINT

The architectural writings, recordings and films of the poet Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984) are here celebrated in this catalogue accompanying a major exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum. Marking the centenary of Betjeman's birth, the catalogue and exhibitions will bring together rare archive material, both photographic and textual, in celebration of his life-long passion for architecture. More

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The Image of Venice: Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton

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