John Russell Pope is considered one of America's finest and most important classical architects, and this illustrated book, long overdue, is the first comprehensive survey of his work. This definitive study, comprising mainly projects dating from 1910 to 1937, includes the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, Constitution Hall, the ...Read MoreJohn Russell Pope is considered one of America's finest and most important classical architects, and this illustrated book, long overdue, is the first comprehensive survey of his work. This definitive study, comprising mainly projects dating from 1910 to 1937, includes the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, Constitution Hall, the National Archives, and the Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C.Read Less
Book fine, Dust jacket fine. Bound in publisher's original black cloth with the front cover stamped in blind and the spine stamped in silver. The dust jacket has a minor closed tear to the bottom edge of the front cover.
Very Good in Fine DJ. Architect of Empire. Very minor marginal notation in textblock, underlining in bibliography, else tight, bright and unmarred. DJ bright and clean. Textured paper boards, silver gilt lettering, in blind lettering, grey endpages, frontispiece. 4to. 239pp. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Chronology. Bibliography. Index. Related clipping laid in. Introduction by William L. McDonald. With new photography by Jonathon Wallen. A wonderful monograph of the oft overlooked talent of John Russell Pope, responsible for such icons as the National Gallery of Art and the Jefferson Memorial. From the library of noted architect and writer on architecture, J. Sadler. Sadler was prone to marginalia and laying in clippings and ephemera related to a given bookís subject. The presence of marginal notes or marks will be noted above and are absent if not so noted.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-06-22 The stoic, marble-clad facades of John Russell Pope's best-known buildingsæthe Temple of the Scottish Rite, the National Gallery of Art, the Jefferson Memorial (all in Washington, D.C.)ægive no hint of the sad ending to the architect's life. Just as Pope (1874-1937) reached the peak of his career, the classical idiom that he had spent his life mastering fell out of favor, and he was savagely rejected by an American design community increasingly enamored of the International Style. Reviewing Pope's career in this lavishly illustrated (250 illustrations, 100 in color) biographical survey, architectural historian Bedford fairly contends that Pope is "the quintessential American classical architect of the first part of the century." Bedford, however, offers little response to the modernist argument that dressing 20th-century buildings like Greek and Roman temples constitutes a "tired architectural lie." More than 60 years ago, Pope too responded with silence to critics who dismissed him as part of an enervated architectural elite practicing "styles that are safely dead" and depriving others, like the older but more avant-garde Frank Lloyd Wright, of commissions. Silence, in fact, permeates these pages: Because most of Pope's papers were lost or destroyed after his death, the architect's voice is largely absent. The reader comes away from this comprehensive and luxurious-looking overview of Pope's Georgian mansions and classical monuments with admiration for this neglected architect's work, but the man behind the dignified facades remains enigmatic. (Aug.)
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