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Revising Pevsner – Lecture
20th November 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree - £10
*YCT MEMBER ONLY EVENT*
Nikolaus Pevsner, a German Jewish refugee architectural historian, had the immense good luck to be befriended and employed by Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books, during the Second World War. In 1945, Lane casually asked him what, if given ‘a free hand’, he would like to do. Two projects emerged – one a comprehensive survey of world art and architecture and the other, a county-by-county guide (intended to be quite different in tone and content from the pre-war Shell Guides) of important historic buildings in England. Astonishingly, both were granted and even more astonishingly, Pevsner pulled them both off. The Buildings of England series was published between 1951 and 1974. When finished, Pevsner pronounced it a ‘first edition’ in need of revision. Now published by Yale University Press, the process of revision is nearing its end. The North Riding of Yorkshire was researched in 1962-3 and published in 1966. It has not been touched since. Jane Grenville, our Vice-Chair and Chair of the Planning Committee, has the happy task of revising the North Riding volume of Professor Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s iconic series of 46 books The Buildings of England. She will talk about Pevsner, a German Jewish refugee architectural historian, his original project and the delights of her own work on the revised volume.
Doors open at 6.30pm, lecture commences at 7pm
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