In 1812 the architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837) wrote a strange and perplexing manuscript, Crude Hints towards an History of my House in Lincoln's Inn Fields, in which, in the guise of an Antiquary, he imagines his home as a future ruin, inspected by visitors speculating on its origins and function.
The iconic eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam was based in London for more than half of his life and made more designs for this one city than anywhere else in the world. This book reviews a wide variety of his designs for London, highlighting lesser-known buildings as well as familiar ones.
The portico was a defining feature of the Classical architectural revival of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century in Britain, but has been rarely studied in its own right. In this well illustrated volume Richard Riddell first provides a definition for the portico, then explores its symbolism and significance.