Follies by Rory Fraser


An Architectural Journey

Hardcover, 128 pages, ISBN: 9781916197787
Published by Zuleika, 2020

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From the publisher:
Follies: An Architectural Journey is an illustrated travel account of Rory Fraser’s journey painting England’s follies the summer after leaving university.

From towering monastic ruins to the modern ‘man cave’, Fraser introduces us to an architectural cabinet of curios including treasonous renaissance symbols, lavish banqueting houses, temples to lost loves, Chinese pagodas, nuclear bunkers and the ‘Taj Mahal of Gloucestershire’. The characters behind these buildings jostle across the pages: medieval visionaries, gunpowder plotters, The Rolling Stones and The Hellfire Club, as well as designers Wren, Vanbrugh, Kent, ‘Capability’ Brown and Repton – and their often zany patrons.

Fraser’s philosophy is that follies, though often marginalised, serve as focal points for architecture, landscape and literature. As such, they create a series of portals through which to understand the periods in which they were built, providing an alternative lens through which to track and celebrate the English character, culture and love of individualism.

Fraser’s exquisite sketches, both visual and verbal, seek not only to record these hidden wonders, but treasure them, bringing them to life.

About the author:

Rory Fraser

was brought up between Rutland and Inverness. He worked for English Heritage and learnt Art History in Venice and Florence, before studying English at Oxford University where he specialised in landscape poetry and architecture and wrote comedy for the Oxford Review. On graduating, he worked for John Simpson Architects in Bloomsbury. He lives in London.

(Credits: Publisher’s description has been retrieved from publisher. Photos no. 1, 2, 5 and 6 by Dahlia Katz.)

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