For those who know the work of Ernest Gimson (1864–1919), the publication of Annette Carruthers, Mary Greensted, and Barley Roscoe’s Ernest Gimson: Arts & Craft Designer and Architect is a welcome biography. For the countless architects, artists, and teachers who have only heard Gimson’s name, it is essential reading and should be firmly placed on the curriculum of the Royal Insititute of British Architects and of all institutions that offer architectural courses. It also contains exceptional photographs of Gimson’s work.

By the time of his sudden death at the age of fifty-five, Gimson was recognized as one of the most inspiring modernist architects of the day. The historian Nikolaus Pevsner, whose eponymous guides defined British architectural history in the mid-twentieth century, named him “the greatest of the English...


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