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'Greek' Thomson

Neo-classical Architectural Theory, Buildings & Interiors

Gavin Stamp, Sam McKinstry


Alexander 'Greek' Thomson is at last being recognised as an architect of genius, comparable in stature to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Now in paperback, this is the first book in which a team of distinguished architectural commentators and historians use the latest research in the area to illuminate the full range of Thomson's talents. Thomson emerges not just as a great architect, but as a towering intellect whose theory and practice synthesised the best thought of his time in architectural history, aesthetic philosophy and, not least, theology. His ventures into urban planning are explored, and his approaches to façade design and interiors are examined in detail, while rare colour plates complete a portrait which brings this outstanding architect to life. With an Introduction by the late Sir John Summerson this volume celebrates the work of arguably the greatest exponent of the Greek Revival.

About the Author

Gavin Stamp is a Lecturer in Architectural History at the Glasgow School of Art, Chairman of the Alexander Thomson Society, architectural critic, and author of Temples of Power and Robert Weir Schultz and his Work for the Marquesses of Bute.

Sam McKinstry is a Professor in the Department of Accounting and Languages at the University of Paisley. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Alexander Thomson Society, and author of Rowand Anderson: The Premier Architect of Scotland.


A collection of stimulating essays.
Stamp has a living relationship to the subject of this book, and with his fellow editor Sam McKinstry he has revealed a rich stratum of local knowledge and concern with Thomson and the city in and around which he carried out all of his work.
A richly rewarding book ... Between Summerson's posthumously published introduction, which is characteristically elegantand stimulating, and the wide-ranging, insightful perspective with which Stamp draws together the various themes, there are 15 essays which