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Sir John Newenham Summerson CH CBE (25 November 1904-10 November 1992) was one of the leading British architectural historians of the 20th century.

He was born at Coatham Munderville, near Darlington, at Hall Garth, originally the home of his grandfather, who worked for the Darlington and Stockton Railway and founded the family foundry of Thomas Summerson and Sons in Darlington in 1869. John Summerson was educated at Harrow and University College London, where he gained a bachelor's degree in 1928. He wrote mainly about British architecture, especially that of the Georgian era. His Architecture in Britain: 1530-1830 (1st edition 1953; many subsequent editions) remained a standard work on the subject for students and general readers after his death. The Classical Language of Architecture (1963) is an introduction to the stylistic elements of classical architecture and traces their use and variation in different eras. He also wrote many more specialised works, including books about Inigo Jones and Georgian London, as well as The Architecture of the Eighteenth Century (1986), in which he describes Boullée in a distinct positive manner, stating that Boullée was clearly the point of departure for one of the boldest innovators of the century--Claude Nicolas Ledoux.

Summerson was curator of Sir John Soane's Museum from 1945 to 1984.

The term Bristol Byzantine, referring to a style influenced by Byzantine and Moorish architecture and applied mainly to warehouses, factories, and other industrial buildings in the city of Bristol, is thought to have been invented by Sir John Summerson.

Summerson was noted for his somewhat elitist approach, and he was not always a consistent friend of the conservation movement. He was hired by the ESB in Ireland to speak in favour of their demolition of sixteen Georgian townhouses in Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. The doomed terrace, he said, was "simply one damned house after another".
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The Complete Guide to Climbing  in the Northeast
2015 - The Complete Guide to Climbing in the Northeast [By Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979257162
ISBN-10: 0979257166
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Complete Guide to Climbing  in California 2nd Edition
2014 - Complete Guide to Climbing in California 2nd Edition [by Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979257148
ISBN-10: 097925714X
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel
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Complete Guide to Climbing  2nd Edition
2013 - Complete Guide to Climbing 2nd Edition [by Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979275142
ISBN-10: 0979275148
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel
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Complete Guide to Climbing  In Colorado
2011 - Complete Guide to Climbing in Colorado [By Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979257131
ISBN-10: 0979257131
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel
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The Complete Guide to Climbing  in California
2010 - The Complete Guide to Climbing in California [By Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979257124
ISBN-10: 0979257123
Genre: Travel
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The Complete Guide to Climbing  in the Southeast
2009 - The Complete Guide to Climbing in the Southeast [by Bike] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780979257117
ISBN-10: 0979257115
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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The Complete Guide to Climbing
2007 - The Complete Guide to Climbing [By Bike] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780979257100
ISBN-10: 0979257107
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Le Langage classique de l'architecture
2003 - Le Langage Classique De L'architecture (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782878110425
ISBN-10: 2878110420
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Georgian London
2003 - Georgian London [Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britis] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780300089875
ISBN-10: 0300089872
Genres: Arts & Photography, Engineering & Transportation
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Inigo Jones
2000 - Inigo Jones [Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britis] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780300082432
ISBN-10: 0300082436
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Engineering & Transportation
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Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture
1998 - Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture [Norton Books for Architects Designers] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393318579
ISBN-10: 0393318575
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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L'Architecture du XVIIIe sicle
1993 - L'architecture Du XViiie Sicle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782878110630
ISBN-10: 2878110633
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1991 - Architecture in Britain 1530-1830 [Pelican History of Art] (Paperback)
Architecture in Britain  1530-1830 Ninth Edition
1989 - Architecture in Britain 1530-1830 Ninth Edition [The Yale University Press Pelican Histor] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780300058864
ISBN-10: 0300058861
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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The Architecture of the Eighteenth Century
1986 - The Architecture of the Eighteenth Century [World of Art] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780500202029
ISBN-10: 0500202028
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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The Life and Work of John Nash Architect
1981 - The Life and Work of John Nash Architect (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262191906
ISBN-10: 0262191903
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Classical Language of Architecture
1980 - Classical Language of Architecture [World of art library] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500201770
ISBN-10: 0500201773
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Georgian London - 3rd Edition
1978 - Georgian London - 3rd Edition (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262191739
ISBN-10: 0262191733
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1974 - The London Building World of the Eighteen-sixties [W.Neurath Memorial Lecture] (Hardcover)
Victorian Architecture in England
1971 - Victorian Architecture in England (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393005776
ISBN-10: 0393005771
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Victorian Architecture Four Studies in Evaluation
1970 - Victorian Architecture Four Studies in Evaluation [Bampton Lectures in America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780231032612
ISBN-10: 0231032617
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The Classical Language of Architecture
1966 - The Classical Language of Architecture (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780262690126
ISBN-10: 0262690128
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Heavenly Mansions
1963 - Heavenly Mansions (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393002102
ISBN-10: 0393002101
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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1950 - Architecture in Britain 1530-1580 [The Yale University Pelican History of Art] (Hardcover)Paperback
Margaret Dickens Whinney 1894-1975 [Mem. of Fellows of the Brit. Acad.] (Paperback)