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JEROEN GEURST, Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens , 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010, ISBN: 978-90-6450-715-1, £41.50

JEROEN GEURST, Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens , 010 Publishers, Rotterdam,... JEROEN GEURST, Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010, ISBN: 978-90-6450-715-1, £41.50 It may be a reviewer’s cliché to raise the point about judging a book by its cover but in this case one certainly can – and the cover is a good one. On a portrait photograph of a flat landscape, the title and author’s name are positioned to the top, high in the sky, so that the remainder of the image is square, a square divided neatly in two by the horizon. From the central point of this horizon runs a brick wall with a stone coping. It divides French fields from a British cemetery and, as the wall runs to the right, balancing it to the left are the sarcophagus-like War Stone common to all First World War cemeteries, a tree and a row of headstones. One can gaze at this for a long time without growing weary; indeed its calmness and simple centrality give it a mesmerising quality reminiscent of the work of photographers of the Düsseldorf School like Thomas Struth. Here however the photograph, like almost all in this book, is by the author (Dutch architect Jeroen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

JEROEN GEURST, Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens , 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010, ISBN: 978-90-6450-715-1, £41.50

Architectural Heritage , Volume 22 (1): 157 – Nov 1, 2011

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
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Reviews; Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2011.0023
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JEROEN GEURST, Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens, 010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010, ISBN: 978-90-6450-715-1, £41.50 It may be a reviewer’s cliché to raise the point about judging a book by its cover but in this case one certainly can – and the cover is a good one. On a portrait photograph of a flat landscape, the title and author’s name are positioned to the top, high in the sky, so that the remainder of the image is square, a square divided neatly in two by the horizon. From the central point of this horizon runs a brick wall with a stone coping. It divides French fields from a British cemetery and, as the wall runs to the right, balancing it to the left are the sarcophagus-like War Stone common to all First World War cemeteries, a tree and a row of headstones. One can gaze at this for a long time without growing weary; indeed its calmness and simple centrality give it a mesmerising quality reminiscent of the work of photographers of the Düsseldorf School like Thomas Struth. Here however the photograph, like almost all in this book, is by the author (Dutch architect Jeroen

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Published: Nov 1, 2011

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