Front cover of Robert Byron's pamphlet entitled 'How we celebrate the Coronation', featuring a cartoon depicting a government official, a landlord and a clergyman with the body of a lion destroying architectural fragments, plans and protest documents

RIBApix ref no RIBA41227
Artist/PhotographerBoswell, James (1906-1971)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1937
Image Date1937
ViewExterior
MediumPrint
Library Reference72.03(42.1).025.1//BYR
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: Robert Byron. How we celebrate the Coronation - a word to Londons visitors (London, 1937), front cover NOTES: This pamphlet (which was first published as an article in the Architectural Review in 1937) includes a list of "a few of London's historic buildings which have been demolished since the war, or threatened with destruction". It served as a scathing indictment of the perceived irresponsibility of landlords and senior members of the government and church in allowing valuable old buildings to be destroyed in the interest of short-term financial gain.

Subject tags

flats, graphic design, clergy, politicians