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Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens
Sir Edwin Lutyens

Sir Edwin Lutyens

Britain’s Greatest Architect?

By (author) Clive Aslet


Publishing 25th May 2024
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  • Professor Clive Aslet, chairman of the Lutyens Trust, reveals the journey behind the buildings designed by Lutyens. This book digs deep into the archives, showcasing both Aslet’s knowledge and unseen artwork and stories from the archives of the Lutyens Trust. Both commercial and personal commissions and stories reveal the man behind the persona. Was Sir Edwin Lutyens Britain’s Greatest Architect?
  • Featuring many previously unseen pictures
  • Includes the stories behind the artwork
  • Newly commissioned photography by Dylan Thomas
Full Description

As the first title in a new series from Triglyph Books, Clive Aslet has written a short biography of Sir Edwin Lutyens, among the greatest of British architects. Lutyens’s idyllic country houses defined the domestic self-image of the Edwardian Age. The palace he created for the Viceroy of India at New Delhi has a footprint bigger than Versailles. Built after the cataclysm of the First World War, his war memorials remain a hallowed part of national life. The Elemental Classicism of his late works revived the 5,000-year old Classical tradition. In geometry he saw the divine. Professor Aslet distils a lifetime of studying Lutyens and shares new archival research. Written with wit and verve, the book captures Lutyens’s personality, introduces readers to his Theosophist wife Lady Emily and explores the scores of gardens he designed with Gertrude Jekyll, not to mention the cathedral in Liverpool that would have rivalled St Peter’s in Rome.

About the Author

Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and visiting professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. In 2019, together with the photographer Dylan Thomas, he founded Triglyph Books whose first title was their joint book Old Homes, New Life: The resurgence of the British country house. Clive has published more than 30 books on architecture and British culture, beginning with The Last Country Houses for Yale University Press in 1982. This was republished by Frances Lincoln as The Edwardian Country House in 2012. In 1990, Yale also published his book The American Country House, a study of a comparable phenomenon to the Edwardian country house which arose in the United States during the Gilded Age. He returned to Yale for The Story of the Country House published in 2021. Other of Clive’s titles include Landmarks of Britain (Holder & Stoughton, 2005) and War Memorial (Penguin, 2013). For many years Clive was the editor of the magazine Country Life and he is now the chairman on the Lutyens Trust. Married with three children, Clive lives in London and Ramsgate, England.

Triglyph Books
Publish date
25th May 2024
USA & Canada
5.5 in x 8.5 in
278 Pages
45 color, 25 b&w
Name of series
Resurgence Series
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