Norman Shaw

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    When Melbury Road, Kensington, was first built, many of its residents were figures from the arts. G. F. Watts, William Holman Hunt, the sculptor Hamo Thornycroft and the architect William Burges all had homes here. Around the corner in Holland Park Road, lived Frederic Leighton, whose house is now a museum. No. 8 Melbury Road was designed in 1875 by the most eminent architect of the age, Richard Norman Shaw, for the painter Marcus Stone. Stone's is no longer a household name and his paintings are not admired today by persons of advanced taste. In his own time however, his works were familiar to everyone in the form of engravings. A few are still popular as prints today.
    Stone died in the house in 1921. A blue plaque records that it was subsequently the home of the film director Michael Powell. I can't help feeling that blue plaques are being devalued or dumbed down. After all, film directors, however eminent, are really showbiz people. You might as well start handing the things out for pop singers, jugglers or pea-and-thimble men.

    Jean-Pierre-Montauban, bhfs2003, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Rienk Mebius 87 months ago | reply

      Conductors also do show something (their art), both to the orchestra as to the audience.

    2. Philip Cronin 87 months ago | reply

      What a ridiculous snobbish reactionary comment. Are you sure you are only 56, not 156?

    3. daviddb 87 months ago | reply

      Not snobbish (Bad)
      But Reactionary, certainly. (Good)

    4. Fray Bentos 87 months ago | reply

      Oh dear. I'd hoped snobbish too. I must be slipping.

    5. Moxette 87 months ago | reply

      :D I love this house, particularly the windows.

    6. londonconstant 86 months ago | reply

      Hello Fray,
      I would be grateful if you could spare the time to add this picture to the group "In celebration of Norman Shaw":
      www.flickr.com/groups/norman_shaw_architect/
      Best wishes
      Constant

    7. Choollus 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Houses - outside -, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. Choollus 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called London!, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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