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on 26 April 2014
Don't get me wrong, this is a good book, but its not on a par with Flammarion's excellent book on the British Ambassadors residence in Paris which has superlative photography.
The text is a bit light as it dips into many topics without ever going into any real depth. Oddly, an interior photo of Middleton Park is incorrectly identified as the Viceroy's Palace. The book does have a ground floor and garden plan, as well as a few elevations and a section, which is always helpful in understanding a building. Lutyen's work is consistently excellent, and it is good to read a book devoted to one of his buildings. The early black and white photos are the most informative. No mention is made of the previous work by David Hicks, David Mlinaric, John Stefanidis and Laura Ashley, which is a pity as it would have shown how the embassy evolved into, admittedly, the rather bland and polite interiors of today. Understandably there are no views of the private quarters, but a glimpse or two would have been wonderful. I'm not sure if the last chapter on orchids is entirely necessary, but the photographs are the best in the book.
Could do better......