Dr. R. Brandon

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Location: England

Modern history and biography from 1789 to the present day. I also enjoy books on artistic movements, architects, painters, and writers from around the 1890s to the 1950s. I have an interest in books about the history and buildings of Liverpool and Lo… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 569 - Total Helpful Votes: 1763 of 1967
The Place to Spend a Happy Day: A History of Roshe&hellip by Lynda Smith
A superb little booklet, well written and extensively researched, by Lynda Smith of the Gravesend Historical Society. The Rosherville Gardens were first brought to my attention when reading the ‘pseudo’ Victorian novel, ‘Fanny By Gaslight’ by Michael Sadleir (1940), in which the heroin, Fanny Hooper, is taken by her beaux a number of times to the said gardens. I wondered if they really existed and was delighted to find that they had and that this excellent booklet described them in detail. The gardens were founded in March 1837 by an entrepreneur George Jones and only finally closed, following a long period of decline, in 1924 after providing pleasure to many for over 70 years. They were… Read more
Loos by August Sarnitz
Loos by August Sarnitz
This monograph in the Taschen series on architects follows the usual format of a short introduction followed by black and white and colour plates. These illustrate the important buildings and interiors designed by Adolf Loos. However, this particular volume reproduces two articles published by Loos, ‘The Poor Little Rich man’ (1900) and ‘Ornament and Crime’ (1908). These key articles layout in somewhat obtuse terms, rather like parables, his views on interior decoration and ornament, that is his dislike of ornament. The pieces are presented without elaboration and you have to read the introduction very carefully to understand what is going on.
Adolf Loos was a very early practitioner… Read more
Mendelsohn: Expressionist at Heart (Taschen Basic &hellip by Arnt Cobbers
This Taschen monograph on the architect Erich Mendelsohn is possibly one of the best in the series. The standard of English and the writing style are excellent throughout which, unfortunately, is not always the case with all the books in the series. The book follows the normal Taschen format with an introductory section to place the work of Mendelsohn in context and provide a few biographical details. There then follows a series of notes with excellent black and white and colour plates on the key works of this architect.
Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) is perhaps one of the most distinctive of the Modern movement group of architects. Virtually all of his work was for private clients,… Read more