B.T. Batsford. London. Winter 1946-7. Third edition with further revisions. First published in Spring 1945. Hardback, octavo; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. viii, 196 pages. With 200 illustrations from photographs, prints and drawings, some colour. English. 225 x 160mm. 0.55kg. . Very good, in good dust jacket; light wear to boards, slight fading to cloth spine, light foxing to endpapers and page edges; light wear to jacket, a few short tears with paper repairs to verso, small 1cm loss to head of spine, not price-clipped; ownership signature of Julian Vinogradoff to front free endpaper.
A survey of British architecture and craftsman from Elizabethan to Regency times. First published at the end of the Second World War, Sacheverell Sitwell aims to place British architectural tradition at the forefront of European historical developments. He discusses the work of Inigo Jones, Vanbrugh, Kent, Wren, Gibbs and Adam, alongside lesser-known names.
Provenance: From the library of Julian Vinogradoff, with her ownership signature. Vinogradoff was the daughter of society patron and hostess Ottoline Morrell. Later part of the library of Weston Hall, home of Sacheverell, and included in the Dreweatts 2021 sale Weston Hall and The Sitwells. A Family Legacy. The book was previously exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery 1994 exhibition The Sitwells and the Arts of the 1920s and 30s (f31/Cat 6.29), with the exhibition tissue wrapping with label included.
[Further reading: National Portrait Gallery, 'The Sitwells and the Arts of the 1920s and 1930s', 1994, no. 6.29]