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Serpentine Pavilion architect under fire over unpaid interns

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That sounds like an S&M dungeon (not that I would know!)...but I suppose that we are simply regressing to a laissez-faire former era, such as Victorian times. Dickens portrays this quite well in ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ (1844), where his eponymous hero purchases an architectural pupillage from Seth Pecksniff Archt. for £300. This turns out to be nothing of the sort and Pecksniff is living off his pupils’ premiums, while passing off their work as his own. Some 30 years later pupils, such as Edward S Prior, got slightly better value out of Richard Norman Shaw Archt. for their £500 premium. If the present allegations have sufficient validity, it seems that the Serpentine should take the moral high ground and rescind this commission immediately. As most galleries are doing with Sackler money. Public pressure could be brought to bear by boycotting the Serpentine.

Posted date

24 March, 2019

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8:14 pm

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