Where’s Pevsner?

Pevsner’s architectural excursions were notorious for their length and strenuousness. As often as not they were designed to take in a cathedral or two – but where is Pevsner this time? and who is he with? Do let me know if you can place him, or identify any of the faces. Or, especially, if any of them is you.

  1. Excellent to know, thanks – I’m giving a talk on Pevsner in Hampstead, at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute in October, and I shall enjoy being able to pinpoint their whereabouts so precisely !

    • Robin Skinner
    • August 17th, 2012

    They’re at 38 Queens Court, Hampstead Way (at the intersection with Asmuns Hill).

  2. Excellent ! – thanks so much, Nicholas, I should have guessed that you would know….and good idea for Oct 29, a kind of cultural ‘spot-the-ball’ competition.

    • Nicholas Taylor
    • August 18th, 2011

    Stephen Games is of course right. It’s a good picture for showing what a big man NP was (in the company of others), physically as well as intellectually.

    The picture was taken at Hampstead Garden Suburb – almost certainly by Peter Clarke, which is why he doesn’t appear in it – on one of his renowned Victorian Society London Walks in July 1962, when we toured the Suburb for two or three hours, ending up with tea at the Pevsners in Wildwood Terrace. It was the only time I met Lola, a tiny black-haired woman in a bright red skirt (I think – certainly bright red lipstick) who hopped birdlike amongst her guests with plates of delicate sandwiches and served the best coffee I had ever had (as a just-graduated 21-year-old, I was terribly impressed). She and Nikolaus seemed very happy, and I was touched to read in your great biography, Susie, that during that last year or two of her life that was indeed the case.

    There many familiar faces in the picture, though most of the names now escape me. Two I am sure about :the tall young man in spectacles close to Pevsner is Paul Thompson, author of the excellent book on Butterfield and subsequently the joint founding father of Oral History ; and on the extreme right, with face partly hidden, is Tom Greeves, of Bedford Park and architectural fantasies fame. Right at the back in the centre, the smallish man in a mac might be Ted Hubbard, but I’m not sure ; to the left of him, close to the lamppost, the bald-headed man in specs was a very nice lawyer (firstname Howard, I think) who was a friend of Margaret and Tony Richardson and used to come on a lot of Vic Soc walks and visits ; the big man with specs in front of the lamp post was also a constant attender (name?). Some people are surprisingly absent : Ian Sutton and Emily Lane, Iain Mackenzie-Kerr – and as for myself, I was probably lagging behind with David Lloyd, arguing over some obscure bit of detailing.

    It would be great to have a blown-up version of this picture on display on 29 October, so that a lot more identication can be done. And why not have a 50th anniversary repeat of the walk next July ?

  3. Oh, very droll ! but I suppose I did ask for it….

    • Stephen Games
    • July 18th, 2011

    Tallish man, slightly right of centre, with his arm crooked. Best wishes! – Stephen Games

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