Here, of All Places
by Osbert Lancaster
The satiric pen of Osbert Lancaster, England's best known politico-social cartoonist, here sets forth Western man's record as a builder of homes. Anyone who lives beneath a roof will find this a beguiling book. As a pictorial history of domestic architecture it is a swift and accurate guide. And it is executed with a verve and humor assuring hours of high entertainment.
In a series of wittily drawn tableaux, each with its own trenchant comments, Mr. Lancaster shows what has happened to the home from the large smoke-filled rooms of the Normans through the extraordinary excrescences of the Victorians and followers of Art Nouveau to the geometric variations on the Bauhaus. It is an evolution that would make Darwin's head spin.
Mr. Lancaster's two books Pillar to Post
and Homes Sweet Homes
, established classics in England, ave never been published in this country. Now they are intimately combined in this handsome volume, together with many brand-new drawings depicting specifically American contributions from saltbox to skyscraper. Mr. Lancaster is primarily concerned with what might be called Folk Architecture as it is practiced and malpracticed, and it will be a rare American reader who leafs through this book without the feeling that the author's prying eye has indeed searched out his own hearthside.