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date: 20 November 2019

Banham, (Peter) Reynerlocked

(b Norwich, March 2, 1922; d London, March 18, 1988).
  • John Musgrove


(b Norwich, March 2, 1922; d London, March 18, 1988).

English architectural historian, critic, teacher, writer and journalist . Banham spent the years 1939–45 as an apprentice in the Bristol Aeroplane Company. In 1946 he married Mary Mullet, an art teacher, and for a few years thereafter wrote art reviews for local journals in Norwich, lectured to local organizations and worked as a stage manager at the Norwich theatre workshop. In 1949 he moved to London to read art history at the Courtauld Institute, graduated in 1952 and immediately joined the editorial staff of the Architectural Review. His regular Sunday-morning open house was by then already attracting the coterie of artists, architects and critics who joined with others at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to form the Independent Group, the first full meeting of which Banham convened in 1952. It has been asserted that at this time his ‘real muse was [Filippo Tommaso] Marinetti, and in his polemic, motor cars vied with buildings …’ (see Wilson), but he was also active in the Independent Group in ...

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