Synopses & Reviews
Nicholas Hawksmoor (1662andndash;1736) is one of English historyandrsquo;s greatest architects, outshone only by Christopher Wren, under whom he served as an apprentice. A major figure in his own time, he was involved in nearly all the grandest architectural projects of his age, and he is best known for his London churches, six of which still stand today.
Hawksmoor wasnandrsquo;t always appreciated, however: for decades after his death, he was seen as at best a second-rate talent. From the Shadows tells the story of the resurrection of his reputation, showing how over the years his work was ignored, abused, and alteredandmdash;and, finally, recovered and celebrated. It is a story of the triumph of talent and of the power of appreciative admirers like T. S. Eliot, James Stirling, Robert Venturi, and Peter Ackroyd, all of whom played a role in the twentieth-century recovery of Hawksmoorandrsquo;s reputation.
The diverse works of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (?16611736) ranged from small architectural details to ambitious urban plans, from new parish churches to work on the monument of his age, St. Pauls Cathedral. As a young man Hawksmoor assisted Christopher Wren and John Vanbrugh, emerging from these formidable apprenticeships to design some of the most vigorous and dramatic buildings in England. In this engaging book, architectural historian Vaughan Hart presents a fresh view of Hawksmoors built and planned work. In addition, Hart offers the first coherent explanation of Hawksmoors theory of architecture.
The book explains why Hawksmoors buildings look the way they do, what contemporary events influenced his work, and how such ancient buildings as Solomons temple and Mausoluss tomb inspired him. Underscoring the unique qualities of the architects accomplishments and aspirations, Hart establishes with new clarity Hawksmoors vital role in the development of English architecture.
About the Author
Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts where he is manager of the architecture program. He is the author of Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon and Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide.