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Gavin Stamp and Sam McKinstry (eds), Greek Thomson , Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £25, ISBN 0 7486 0480 4.

Gavin Stamp and Sam McKinstry (eds), Greek Thomson , Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback,... Book Reviews Stamp and Sam McKinstry (eds), Greek Thomson, Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £25, isbn o 7486 0480 4. Gavin The architecture of the Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson is among the most powerful and evocative of the nineteenth century. The gaunt triumvirate of churches, the soot-blackened villas and terraces of houses and the nightmarish commercial chambers which he designed in and around Glasgow are at once austere and eclectic, scholarly and barbaric. They evoke, more than anything else, the apocalyptic visions of the painter John Martin 'buildings of the most powerful kind: vast cubic masses playing against each interminable colonnades of some unacknowledged order, temples of inconceivable other, solemnity and exotic style'. This is not a biography of 'Greek' Thomson, but rather a collection of essays on aspects of the work of this highly original architect, intended to be read in conjunction with Ronald McFadzean's 'Life' of Thomson published in 1979. Introduced by an elegant reminiscence by the late Sir John Summerson his last work for publication the book is divided into five sections. These explore the background to Thomson's architecture; his theory and ideals; the urbanism of his architecture; his interiors and the international ramifications http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Gavin Stamp and Sam McKinstry (eds), Greek Thomson , Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £25, ISBN 0 7486 0480 4.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 5 (1): 129 – Jan 1, 1994

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Book Reviews Stamp and Sam McKinstry (eds), Greek Thomson, Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £25, isbn o 7486 0480 4. Gavin The architecture of the Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson is among the most powerful and evocative of the nineteenth century. The gaunt triumvirate of churches, the soot-blackened villas and terraces of houses and the nightmarish commercial chambers which he designed in and around Glasgow are at once austere and eclectic, scholarly and barbaric. They evoke, more than anything else, the apocalyptic visions of the painter John Martin 'buildings of the most powerful kind: vast cubic masses playing against each interminable colonnades of some unacknowledged order, temples of inconceivable other, solemnity and exotic style'. This is not a biography of 'Greek' Thomson, but rather a collection of essays on aspects of the work of this highly original architect, intended to be read in conjunction with Ronald McFadzean's 'Life' of Thomson published in 1979. Introduced by an elegant reminiscence by the late Sir John Summerson his last work for publication the book is divided into five sections. These explore the background to Thomson's architecture; his theory and ideals; the urbanism of his architecture; his interiors and the international ramifications

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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