13 july 2007

To go back to the previous entry, what would Byron's great buildings have been? He prided himself in the rejection of received icons, so the usual suspects might well have been dismissed out of hand.
In this connection, there's this reported snippet: when Byron was in Russia, his Intourist guide insisted that Shakespeare's plays could never have been written by a grocer from Stratford-upon-Avon. Byron replied: "They're exactly the sort of plays I would expect a grocer to write."
One longs to see his architectural list. It may well have had Jam on it.