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George Devey:

Architect 1820–1886

By Jill Allibone

George Devey

George Devey:

Architect 1820–1886

By Jill Allibone

A comprehensive survey of the life and work of the Victorian pioneer of the vernacular revival, including a complete catalogue, photographs and plans.

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Available as: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780718827854

Specifications: 254x178mm (10x7in), 224pp

Illustrations: b&w

Published: March 1991


Little has hitherto been written about George Devey, yet his contribution to the vernacular revival which took place in the 1860s was important and innovative. He was the first architect to apply the Wealden style to cottages and small estate buildings, and to use the Flemish manner found in east Kent and East Anglia in combination with the Jacobean for his mansions, whether in town or country, anticipating architects such as Richard Norman Shaw and William Eden Nesfield by at least ten years. His interest in the use of local materials directly contributed to the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement and thereby to the model for British middle-class housing up to the Second World War.

This, Dr Allibone's second major study of a Victorian architect for The Lutterworth Press, includes over 100 illustrations as well as comprehensive catalogue of all Devey's works, both executed and projected.

List of Illustrations

1. 'George has made up his mind as to his Line of Life'
2. Cottage Building
3. Making a Slow Start
4. Working for the Whigs
5. The Use of Photography
6. The Flourishing Practice
7. Struck Down in his Prime
8. 'An able and accomplished architect, and a chivalrous, high-minded gentleman'

Notes on Sources
Notes on Chapters 1–8

Catalogue Raisonné


Jill Allibone received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is a member of the Committee of the Kent Building Preservation Trust, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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