Item Number: 148628
Title: The Livery Halls of the City of London
Author: Lucas, Anya ; Henry Russell ; Andreas von Einsiedel (photos)
Record created on 04/09/18
Description: London-New York: Merrell, 2018. 31cm., hardcover, 304pp., 450 illus.
Summary: For more than 600 years livery companies have played a leading role in commercial activities and social and political life in the City of London. These trade associations, each representing a particular craft or profession, were originally responsible for controlling, for example, wages and working conditions. Their headquarters – the livery halls – evolved from large medieval town houses to become an identifiable building type paralleled only by the guild houses of northern European mercantile cities and the Venetian scuole. This beautiful book is the first major exploration of these architecturally significant buildings. Dr Anya Lucas, who has studied the halls in depth, provides an introduction and an illustrated history of the buildings that have been lost over the centuries, while Henry Russell surveys each of the 40 present-day halls, from the Master Mariners in the west to the Gunmakers in the east. All existing livery halls have been photographed especially for the project by the renowned interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel, making this a truly outstanding publication.
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