Mark Girouard

I spotted the attached discussion about the life and work of Mark Girouard to celebrate the publication of his Biographical Dictionary of English Architecture 1540-1640 and his ninetieth birthday.

He talks incredibly impressively, demonstrating his extraordinary range of publications, not just work on the country house for which he is now best remembered – the Victorian Country House (1971) and Life in the English Country House (1978), but also a reminder that one of his early books was on Victorian pubs, that he spent five years at the Bartlett training to be an architect, and wrote a very good and lively biography of Jim Stirling, as well as being a great admirer, which I did not know, of the work of Denys Lasdun. The only thing I felt was missing was recognition of his role in protecting Spitalfields. Now, he’s apparently written a novel.

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