Two Blue Plaques unveiled in Belsize Park
No.4 Downside Crescent, NW3 on 21 June 2018
A Blue Plaque was unveiled by Philip Mould, Blue Plaques panel member
Commemorating Henry Nevinson and C R W Nevinson
A foreign correspondent of the Daily Chronicle from 1897, Henry Nevinson covered the Second Boer War, of 1899-1902. In 1914 he co-founded the Friends' Ambulance Unit. Having established a reputation with subsequent reporting of the slave trade in Portuguese Angola, Henry Nevinson was a natural choice as war correspondent upon the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914. He was wounded at Gallipoli.
No.4 Downside Crescent
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson was an English figure and landscape painter, etcher and lithographer, he was one of the most famous war artists of World War I. He is often referred to by his initials C R W Nevinson and also as Richard.
Blue Plaque unveiled for Isokon designers, July 2018
Blue plaque for Isokon, July 2018
'If Gropius came back today, he’d not only recognise it, he’d be no doubt be pleasantly surprised.'
Excerpted from a CNJ article by Dan Carrier
The Isokon building in Lawn Road has long been admired as a landmark in the history of British Modernist design. The block was the brainchild of architect Wells Coates and commissioned by furniture designers-turned-developers Jack and Molly Pritchard.
The blue plaque, unveiled this July, celebrates how three of the leading proponents of the Bauhaus modernist design movement lived in the block at the same time in the 1930s. Walter Gropius (1883-1969), Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) and László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) – who all taught at the German art school, the Bauhaus, found a safe haven at the flats having fled Nazi Germany.
Howard Spencer, Blue Plaques Historian, English Heritage said: “It was the only place we could honour all three of them at the same time. They all lived here in the 1930s and it was a building designed for the adventurous professional. Wells Coates’ vision went well beyond the usual domestic tastes of the 1930s. It was a very compact way of living, with most units small studio flats.”
The block also attracted others, such as the novelist Agatha Christie, Soviet spy Arnold Deutsch, textile designers Jacques and Jacqueline Groag.
Mr Spencer added; “They all went on to live in the US. But this is where they came to and it provided them with their first homes when they had to leave Germany.”
Mr Spencer praised the way the flats had been faithfully restored and managed and added: “If Gropius came back today, he’d not only recognise it, he’d be no doubt be pleasantly surprised. It is exactly how it was and it is a fine example of Wells Coates’ work.”
The building enjoys Grade I-listed status and was originally called the Lawn Road Flats – and, as Mr Spencer points out, it was fitting that Gropius moved there. Gropius founded the “Staatliches Bauhaus” art school in 1919, an institute that combined design, crafts and fine arts and was renowned for its links to political radicalism.
Source: Camden New Journal – see full article