John Dobson: Architect & Landscape Gardener - Lyall WilkesStocksfield, Boston, Henley & London: Oriel Press, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' name to the verso half-title. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white plates; Portrait to the frontispiece; Appendices ;
From the cover: “John Dobson was one of the most important architects of the first half of the 19th century, and his work in Newcastle and Northumberland has been said to be of a standard equal to the best London architects of his time. There has been no biography of Dobson since the publication of a rather slight memoir by his daughter, and this book makes available a fine collection of photographs of Dobson’s buildings together with reproductions of some of his own drawings.
Most of Dobson’s country houses are still in private occupation and this book will be a revelation to many lovers of English architecture. It consists of an appreciation of Dobson and his work, setting him in his historical context, and comments on the various aspects of his architectural achievement. Dobson was not only a very fine designer in the Classical manner and in the Gothic style he was also a notable innovator in structural design and as a man he was respected by all who knew him for his ability, integrity and kindliness. People interested in the history of the English country house will particularly appreciate this book which provides information on an architect whose work has hitherto been largely inaccessible.”