Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of Pages: 656
Width: 13 cm
Height: 19.8 cm
Pugin was one of Britain's greatest architects and his short career one of the most dramatic in architectural history. Born in 1812, the son of the soi-disant Comte de Pugin, at 15 Pugin was working for King George IV at Windsor Castle. By the time he was 21 he had been shipwrecked, bankrupted and widowed. Nineteen years later he died, insane and disillusioned, having changed the face and the mind of British architecture. God's Architect is the first full modern biography of this extraordinary figure. It draws on thousands of unpublished letters and drawings to recreate his life and work as architect, propagandist and romantic artist as well as the turbulent story of his three marriages, the bitterness of his last years and his sudden death at 40. It is the debut of a remarkable historian and biographer.
a very remarkable book about a very remarkable man * A.N. Wilson * A magnificent biography, as sumptuous and intricate as anything Pugin built * John Carey * as the readable biography of a most protean and brilliant man, it is worthy of the best of his buildings * Colm Toibin * An excellent and detailed biography * Peter Ackroyd *