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Morality play

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Meanwhile, at the swish premises of the Georgian Group, Cambridge art historian and arch-critic of Pevsner Dr David Watkin was launching Morality and Architecture Revisited , a revised edition of the pithy 1977 rant that fuelled the rise of fogeyism and the traditionalist revival of the 1980s. 'The timing is a pure coincidence, 'Watkin insisted.

'We had planned a launch for election night.'Guests at the party included Mr and Mrs Quinlan Te r r y , Mr and Mrs John Simpson, Robert Adam, Liam O'Connor, architectural historians John and Eileen Harris, Robert Tavernor, Joe Mordaunt Crook, writer AN Wilson and Country Life editor Clive Aslet.Talk was of Venice, the Orders, the Prince, the evils of the RIBA - and the fat commissions being won by Terry, Adam et al.Dr Watkin's book features a previously unpublished drawing by Osbert Lancaster on the cover and a photo-montage of Norman Foster's Swiss Re as its frontispiece.

'It proves that things are as bad as ever, 'Dr Watkin thundered. But would Pevsner, with his dislike of the wayward and the curvaceous, have approved of Swiss Re?

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