Alfred Waterhouse and the Natural History Museum
A lively text supported by fascinating historical illustrations and will appeal to all those interested in this much-loved museum and its architecture
Author: Mark Girouard
The Natural History Museum is one of London’s great iconic buildings. Alfred Waterhouse was the architect who shaped its final design, creating the extraordinary space that houses galleries and vast collections of specimens as well as millions of visitors who pass through each year.
Mark Girouard, one of Britain's leading architectural historians, explores the history of the design and building of this outstanding piece of architecture. Tracing the development of the design, he describes the influences of the key personalities involved and highlights some of the building's most interesting features. From the running of a national lottery for funds to the concern about nude statues that might 'corrupt and degrade public taste', the Museum's beginnings were full of controversy.
This lively text is supported by fascinating historical illustrations and will appeal to all those interested in this much-loved museum and its architecture.
Paperback, 210 x 200 mm, 64 pp, 1990, reprint 1999, illustrated in colour and black and white
0 565 09135 2
Published by the Natural History Museum, London
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