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Crotchet Castles

Peter Campbell, 6 December 1984

William Kent 
by Michael Wilson.
Routledge, 276 pp., £30, July 1984, 0 7100 9983 5
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James Gibbs 
by Terry Friedman.
Yale, 362 pp., £40, November 1984, 0 300 03172 6
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Sir John Soane, Architect 
by Dorothy Stroud.
Faber, 300 pp., £32, May 1984, 9780571130504
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The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable 
by Graham Reynolds.
Yale, 880 pp., £140, October 1984, 0 300 03151 3
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... Book of Architecture, which was so widely used as a source by country and colonial builders that Terry Friedman’s monograph concludes with a chapter on Gibbs-inspired designs. His account shows Gibbs as an altogether more thorough steward of his clients’ interests than Kent, a careful supervisor of workmen, business-like in his scale of fees (5 per ...

The Ground Hostess

Francis Wyndham, 1 April 1983

... Then the screen showed a group of people playing a word game called ‘Blankety Blank’. Terry Wogan continued his pretence of insulting a guest celebrity. ‘Haven’t I spoken to you before about not answering back?’ he was saying when my telephone rang. I stretched out my toe to extinguish the programme while I stretched out my hand to lift the ...

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