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Title :

The appreciation of ruins in Blitz-era London

Author :
POHLAD, Mark B. ;
Publication year :
2005
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The destruction of historical buildings in Britain during World War II not only engendered shock and dismay; it also evoked wonder and rumination. Only months after the German Blitzkrieg, picture books were published that graphically documented those losses. Functioning variously as architectural criticism, London histories, and documents of mourning, two of them - J.M. Richards and John Summerson's The Bombed buildings of Britain: a record of architectural casualities: 1940-41 (1942), and James Pope-Hennessy's History under fire (1941) - are examined in detail here. The reception of these books is discussed in the wider context of Britain's perennial fascination for ruins. This study also treats photographs of blitz damage, including those by Cecil Beaton (1940-1980), and charts their stylistic and rhetorial strategies. Besides addressing the effects of the attacks on the urban fabric, this essay addresses, more generally, how Britain's natural catastrophes have been registered visually and how architectural losses are negotiated. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Architecture ; Critique architecturale ; Destruction ; Esthétique ; Grande-Bretagne ; Guerre mondiale (1939-1945) ; Illustration ; Littérature d'architecture ; London (GBR) ; Monuments historiques ; Photographie ; Photographie documentaire ; Ruines ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Architectural criticism ; Architectural literature ; Architecture ; Destruction ; Documentary photography ; Great Britain ; Historic monuments ; Illustration ; London (GBR) ; Photography ; Ruins ; World War (1939-1945) ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
London journal, 2005, 30, 2
INIST identifier :
24801484 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0305-8034 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Longnan Group, Harlow
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;