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Deborah Mays (editor), The Architecture of Scottish Cities Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1997. Paperback, £20, ISBN 1 862320284.

Deborah Mays (editor), The Architecture of Scottish Cities Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1997.... Deborah Mays (editor), The Architecture of Scottish Cities, Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1997. Paperback, £20, isbn i 862320284. The chief purpose of this collection of essays is to pay tribute to David Walker's achievement as 'artist, architectural historian and civil servant'. The Editor, Deborah Mays, reminds us, that David Walker is more than the sum of his professional credentials in sharing however, with the contributors their 'sadness that it was not completed in time for Averil Walker to witness the presentation and enjoy the intended honour'. David Walker's is first a visual talent; he studied as an artist printmaker. He consumes a building with his eyes. His cover drawing of a surreal city to illustrate a glossary of architectural terms is as clear and explicit as M. C. Escher's 'Ascending and Descending'. It convinces through insistent architectural detail, and is thus quite different in mood and intention from the frontispiece, John Knight's drawing of Edinburgh Castle. Anne Riches' refreshing account is of the observations not of building professionals but of interested tourists visiting Scotland, such as Daniel Defoe, Dorothy Wordsworth, Boswell and Johnston. It was Thomas Morer whose comment on the Royal Mile in 1689 has provided her http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Deborah Mays (editor), The Architecture of Scottish Cities Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1997. Paperback, £20, ISBN 1 862320284.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 9 (9): 99 – Jan 1, 1998

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1350-7524
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10.3366/arch.1998.9.9.99
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Deborah Mays (editor), The Architecture of Scottish Cities, Tuckwell Press, East Linton, 1997. Paperback, £20, isbn i 862320284. The chief purpose of this collection of essays is to pay tribute to David Walker's achievement as 'artist, architectural historian and civil servant'. The Editor, Deborah Mays, reminds us, that David Walker is more than the sum of his professional credentials in sharing however, with the contributors their 'sadness that it was not completed in time for Averil Walker to witness the presentation and enjoy the intended honour'. David Walker's is first a visual talent; he studied as an artist printmaker. He consumes a building with his eyes. His cover drawing of a surreal city to illustrate a glossary of architectural terms is as clear and explicit as M. C. Escher's 'Ascending and Descending'. It convinces through insistent architectural detail, and is thus quite different in mood and intention from the frontispiece, John Knight's drawing of Edinburgh Castle. Anne Riches' refreshing account is of the observations not of building professionals but of interested tourists visiting Scotland, such as Daniel Defoe, Dorothy Wordsworth, Boswell and Johnston. It was Thomas Morer whose comment on the Royal Mile in 1689 has provided her

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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