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Title :

Rebuilding 'the heart of the Empire' : bank headquarters in the City of London, 1919-1939

Author :
BLACK, Iain S. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Between 1919 and 1939 the landscape of the city of London's central financial district underwent a sustained transformation as the Bank of England and other major financial institutions rebuilt their headquarters in the heart of the city. Indeed, by the mid-1930s the landscape captured in the foreground of Niels Lund's celebrated 1904 painting The Heart of the Empire [London, Guildhall Art Gallery] had radically changed. Surprisingly, given the immense historical importance of the city in English cultural identity and economic life, this transformation of its built environment has received remarkably little attention. This paper presents a detailed evaluation of this changing landscape of finance within a conceptual framework that emphasizes important relationships between money, architecture and social power. Working through a series of 'deep' descriptions of the key rebuilding projects involved, the paper highlights how late-imperial visions of finance and empire provided a unique cultural and ideological context for this new palatial landscape of finance. ;
Pagination/Size :
12 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Architecture ; Banque ; Centre d'affaires ; Financement ; Grande-Bretagne ; London (GBR), City ; London (GBR), Guildhall Art Gallery ; Lund, Niels M., 1863-1916 ; Peinture ; Urbanisme ; Vues ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Architecture ; Banks ; Business districts ; Financing ; Great Britain ; London (GBR), City ; London (GBR), Guildhall Art Gallery ; Lund, Niels M., 1863-1916 ; Painting ; Urbanism ; Views ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1999, 22, 4, Nov
INIST identifier :
24974789 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;