Lowther Lodge — three-quarter view of front viewed from Kensington Gore. Kensington Gore, London SW7. 1873-75. Designed by Richard Norman Shaw for William Lowther M.P. Photograph and text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
Jones and Woodward explain that this "tour de force of the Queen Anne style," which faces Hyde Park, was purchased by the Royal Geographical Society after the first owner's death in 1912; in 1928-30 the architect C. Sargeant Jager replaced the original stables with the lecture hall that occupies the left half od this photograph. A statue of David Livingstone, the African explorer, stands in a niche; another of the arctic explorer Shackleton appears in a niche on the side facing Exhibition Road.
As Jones and Woodward point out, "unlike Shaw's (more urban) London houses, this seems to be a country mansion encroached on by the town. The façade of fine brickwork has no stone dressings, and the pediments, gables, pilasters, massive chimneys, and exaggerated cornices are made from 50 mm (2 in) cut brickwork" (184).
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1963.
Jones, Edward, & Christopher Woodward. A Guide to the Architecture of London. 2nd ed. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1992
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