Lecture: Sir Edwin Lutyens: Britain’s Greatest Architect? by Clive Aslet

Wednesday, 10 July 2024, 6pm for 6:30pm – 8pm

Alan Baxter Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London,  EC1M 6EJ

Clive Aslet, Chair of the Lutyens Trust shares his new research into the life and work of Sir Edwin Lutyens, which resulted in this new biography on Lutyens (to be published 16th May 2024).

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the great architects of the twentieth century. His Edwardian country houses, surrounded by rhapsodic gardens, beguiled clients with their romance and wit. After 1918, the war memorials that he created symbolised a grieving nation’s sense of loss. In the new capital of the British Raj, New Delhi, the Viceroy’s House or Rashtrapati Bhavan had a footprint bigger than Versailles. His unfinished Liverpool Cathedral would have rivalled St Peter’s in Rome.

Intensely shy, Lutyens hid his personality behind puns and jokes – and yet he could be called ‘part mystic’, a reference to an inner profundity. Rich in stories, this entertaining and stylish short biography is a major new study incorporating fresh research which shows this most charismatic of architects in a new light.

Price: £25 (£20 for students), including a glass of wine.

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70 Cowcross Street is a 2-minute walk from Farringdon Station, which is on the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, and Elizabeth Lines. There is also a Thameslink service direct from St Pancras.

Upon exiting the station, head towards The Castle Inn. Then turn right onto Cowcross Street. No.70 is the 7th unit on the right-hand side, opposite Leon. Enter through the courtyard and go down the external steps, which lead directly into the Gallery.