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Pevsner in Surrey (and Croydon)
Susie Harries
Tuesday 26 September 2017

How did a German refugee from Hitler, an internee and a jobbing journalist, become the Grand Old Man of English art history? The answer lies in his extraordinary one-man survey of all the architecturally significant buildings in the country, county by county. This lecture explores what Pevsner said, rightly or wrongly, about buildings in Surrey – churches, houses, shops, town halls, tower blocks – and sets his pronouncements in the context of The Buildings of England as a whole.

Recommended reading :”Nikolaus Pevsner” by Susie Harries, 2011

Susie Harries is a writer, editor and lecturer specializing in culture, history and the arts. She has co-authored seven books with her husband, including  The Academy of St Martin in the Fields (1981), The War Artists (1983), Opera Today (1986) and A Pilgrim Soul: a Life of Elisabeth Lutyens (1989).

Her most recent book is Nikolaus Pevsner: the Life (2011), the first comprehensive biography of Pevsner, which won a Wolfson History Prize in 2012 and was short-listed for the Duff Cooper and James Tait Black Prizes. In 2015 she edited for the Victorian Society the fifth issue of ‘Studies in Victorian architecture and design’ on ‘Pevsner and Victorian architecture’.