John Newman

I’m very sorry to read of the death of John Newman, the architectural historian and former Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute (1989 to 1994).   When I was doing a PhD. at the Warburg, I was encouraged to take Newman’s classes at the Courtauld which were a very good discipline.   He had been a school teacher at Tonbridge School and remained, in some ways, a school teacher – very precise, scholarly, intellectually broad ranging, unpretentious.  He had been Pevsner’s driver as a mature student and went on to do the two volumes of Kent, not once, but twice, models of their kind.  I liked him and owe him a debt of gratitude.


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