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Butterfield Revisited

Edited by Peter Howell and Andrew Saint. In the sixth issue of 'Studies in Victorian architecture and design', our topic is William Butterfield.

This issue of Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design highlights the superb and idiosyncratic architecture of William Butterfield (1814 - 1900), whose work holds a place of its own in the history of nineteenth-century design and religion. 

Butterfield was among the first of the great Victorian Gothic Revivalists to attract a modern monograph, in the form of a celebrated study by Paul Thompson, published in 1971 but long out of print. The present collection of essays arose in the first place from lectures given on a study day organized in 2014 by Michael Hall and Rosemary Hill to commemorate the bicentenary of Butterfield's birth, and held in the church hall of one of his London masterpieces, St Alban's, Holborn. Some of the papers represent revisions of those lectures, while others are newly commissioned. They reveal anew the extraordinary and arresting range yet consistent character of Butterfield's work and personality alike, and are illustrated with the colour images which alone can do justice to his oeuvre. Among the essays is a piece by Paul Thompson looking back on how he came to write his book on Butterfield. 

The editors share a lifelong admiration for Butterfield's work. One of them's mother's maiden name was Butterfield, and one of them's parents were married at All Saints', Margaret Street. 

'A perplexing and challenging character': Butterfield the Man Rosemary Hill 

High Anglicanism and High Places: the Rise of William Butterfield Geoff Brandwood

Butterfield's houses Michael Hall

William Butterfield in the Wider British World G. A. Bremner

The Cathedral of the Isles Gavin Stamp

Butterfield in Oxford Peter Howell

The 1895 Restoration of All Saints', Margaret Street Andrew Saint

Restoring All Saints', Margaret Street: Discoveries and Reflections Colin Kerr

Researching and Writing about William Butterfield Paul Thompson 

Illustrating Butterfield Andrew Saint, Helen Jones and Chris Redgrave 

ISBN 978-0-901657-55-8

Published February 2017

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