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Lutyens, Edwin

Summary Article: Lutyens, Edwin Landseer from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
English architect. His designs ranged from the picturesque, such as Castle Drogo (1910–30), Devon, to Renaissance-style country houses, and ultimately evolved into a classical style as seen in the Cenotaph, London (1919), and the Viceroy's House, New Delhi, India (1912–31). His complex use of space, interest in tradition, and distorted classical language have proved of great interest to a number of postmodern architects, especially Robert Venturi. He was born in London, the son of a painter. After a very brief training in the office of Ernest George (1839–1922), he began practice at the age of 19. His first commission was a country cottage, Munstead Wood (1896), for Gertrude Jekyll, who greatly influenced his earlier work. For many years this consisted almost entirely of country houses, picturesque in design and showing sympathetic understanding of traditional materials. Typical examples are The Deanery, Sonning (1900)...    Continue Reading

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