Nicholas Hawksmoor


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Vaughan Hart

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The diverse works of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (?1661–1736) ranged from small architectural details to ambitious urban plans, from new parish churches to work on the monument of his age, St. Paul’s 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 Hawksmoor’s built and planned work. In addition, Hart offers the first coherent explanation of Hawksmoor’s theory of architecture.

The book explains why Hawksmoor’s buildings look the way they do, what contemporary events influenced his work, and how such ancient buildings as Solomon’s temple and Mausolus’s tomb inspired him. Underscoring the unique qualities of the architect’s accomplishments and aspirations, Hart establishes with new clarity Hawksmoor’s vital role in the development of English architecture.

Vaughan Hart is professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath.


"Hart's enthralling study...explains the meaning behind Hawksmoor's eclectic ornamental details and quotations from ancient architecture."—David Watkin, Architectural Review

“Hart’s stimulating investigation is richly illustrated and includes many of Hawksmoor’s handsome drawings.”—Gillian Darling, Architects Journal (Books of the Year)

"The book is an erudite study of Hawksmoor’s architecture, solidly supported by primary sources and persuasively and unpretentiously written."—Eleanor Robbins, Art Book

"Hart . . . does a commendable job with the first in-depth study of Hawksmoor in almost 45 years."—New York Times Book Review

'The volume itself is as strikingly handsome and well produced as we have come to expect from Yale University Press. Typography and layout have a classical simplicity, and the images are beautifully reproduced.' — Peter Doll, Art and Christianity

Winner of the 2005 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the single-author, pre-circa 1800 category
ISBN: 9780300135404
Publication Date: March 14, 2008
299 pages, 280 x 220
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