World Histories of Architecture: the Emergence of a New Genre in the Nineteenth Century

Last November, Mari Hvattum and Anne Hultzsch took part in a very rich workshop on the emergence of a new genre of architectural historiography in the 19th century: the world history, survey, or handbook. Invited by Petra Brouwer, Christopher Drew Armstrong and Martin Bressani, 17 scholars from Europe and the US presented both specific case studies on historical handbooks as well as their wider context. Mari spoke on architectural history in the popular press while Anne presented two of the earliest, till very amateurish world histories: Edward Boid’s A Concise History and Analysis of All the Principal Styles of Architecture (1829) and Thomas Talbot Bury’s Rudimentary Architecture (1849).

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The workshop is one in a series which will lead to the publication of a book filling crucial gaps in research on the writing of architectural history in the 19th century. We thank the organisers for an exceptionally stimulating event!

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