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Egypt in England (2012) - Bargain from Oxbow Books

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Egypt in England (2012) - Bargain from Oxbow Books Reply with quote

Maybe of some interest for the one or the other here...

Chris Elliott : Egypt in England. - Swindon : English Heritage, 2012. - 336 p., 240 ill. - Regular Price : £25.00, Special Price : £9.95 :

For more than 200 years, and especially since the rediscovery of ancient Egypt by Europe in the 19th century, the exotic Egyptian style in architecture has been a sign of our fascination with a civilisation that has had a long-lasting and deep-seated influence on British culture. From its fashionable success in the Regency period to its varied uses in the 20th century, Egyptian-style architecture has much to say about what ancient Egypt represents to us. Egypt in England is the first detailed guide to the use of the Egyptian style in architecture and interiors in England, and to those that survive, most of which can be seen or visited by the public. Fully illustrated, it combines a series of topic essays giving the architectural and Egyptological background to the use of the style with a guide allowing sites to be located, and explaining what can still be seen. A variety of buildings and monuments - from cinema, supermarket, synagogue and factory, to folly, mill, Masonic temple and mausoleum - are highlighted in the book. For those who don't know their architrave from their entablature, or their Anubis from their Uraeus, there are also glossaries of architectural terms and ancient Egyptian deities. This engaging book is an accessible and practical guide for a general audience, but has enough depth to be useful to scholars in a range of subject areas.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Chris' work from when we published this article, along with Richard Lunn:

Elliott, Chris, Katherine Griffis-Greenberg, and Richard Lunn. 2003. Egypt in London – Entertainment and Commerce in the 20th Century Metropolis. In C. Price and J.-M. Humbert, Eds., Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture: 106-25. Encounters with Ancient Egypt. London: Cavendish/UCL Press.

My section covered the Egyptianizing aspects of modern London Architecture, while Chris reviewed Art Deco architecture with Egyptianizing themes. My favourite part of the article was an Egyptian relief attached to a DIY hardware store in west London, which show Sutekh (Seth) with an electrc hand-drill (Richard Lunn found that)!

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