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Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Geurst, Jeroen.

010 Publishers


470 pages




Any visitor to Northern France and Belgium today cannot fail to be struck by the number of cemeteries holding the bodies of those killed in World War I, a war so horrible that no one could believe there could be another. Architect Geurst traces the formation of the graveyards for the fallen designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and his colleagues. The planning for these began a year before the war ended. Geurst has photographed all one hundred forty of Lutyens' European cemeteries. These photographs, plats and designs make up the majority of the book, making it a useful guide for visitors. The story of the debates over the form of the cemetery, between Lutyens and his friend Herbert Baker, is told in terms of architectural philosophy and the high emotions created by the circumstances. The discussions spilled over to the general public and even authors like James Barrie and Rudyard Kipling became involved. Lutyens' desire to create cathedrals vaulted by the sky is reflected in the work. This background deepens the impact of the final construction.

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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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