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4 July 2019

Newton, Algernon Cecil, 1880-1968; The Backs of Houses, Harley Street, London

‘The Backs of Houses, Harley Street, London by Algernon Newton 1925 depicts the slightly absurd ad hoc cityscape of attenuated chimneys, random accretions and a collage of brick, plaster and slate so characteristic of the place. For these houses there is the Georgian front, genteel, regular, decorous; then the rear – unregulated, messy, inventive but with its own separate life, a Jekyll and Hyde urbanism’ (Financial Times).

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