Sir Albert Edward Richardson K.C.V.O., F.R.I.B.A, F.S.A., P.R.A. (1880-1964)
Venice The Hospital and Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Initialled, inscribed ‘Venice’ and dated 1960
Sir Albert Edward Richardson K.C.V.O., F.R.I.B.A, F.S.A., P.R.A. (1880-1964) was a traditionalist, renowned for his distaste of modern architecture. Rooted firmly in the classical period, he lived a Georgian life, refusing to have electricity in his Georgian house – until his wife finally insisted. Professor of Architecture at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture from 1929-1955, this was evacuated to Cambridge during the war and he became a fellow of St Catharine’s College. Amongst his other achievements, Richardson was President of the RA, editor of Architect’s Journal and founder of the Georgian Group. For pleasure he painted architectural fantasies; capriccios of buildings he pictured in his mind.
Richardson was recipient of the Architectural Association’s Professor Bannister Fletcher Medal in 1902 which was an award for the study of post-Fire London architecture. Amongst his achievements were Professor of Architecture at University College London, President of the RA, editor of Architect’s Journal and founder of the Georgian Group.
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