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Title: John Kinross, his life and work 1855-1931
Author: Mays , Deborah Clare
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 8880
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 1989
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The thesis is organised on a chronological basis, in five sections, each coinciding with a coherent phase in Kinross's life and/or career: Section I (1655 - 1890) a) delineates Kinross's earliest years and architectural training, b) examines the consequences of his period of study travel in Italy and c) details his emergence within Edinburgh architectural circles and his resultant partnership with Henry Seymour. Section II (1890 - 1898) investigates the architect's first years of entirely independent practice, focusing in turn on restoration, domestic and ecclesiastical work. It is argued that Kinross developed a distinctive and scholarly approach, exemplified by a conservative restoration procedure and the promotion of a viable "Scottish" style linked (in theory) to J. J. Stevenson and (in practice) to R. Rawand Anderson and articulated within a domestic and ecclesiastical format. Section III (1898 - 1905) encompasses Kinross's undertakings at the height of his career. placing particular importance on his country house experiments. The need for his partnership with H. U. Tarbolton is explained and the nature of their professional association defined. Section IV (1905 - 1914) examines and explains the steady decline of the Kinross practice, particularly in relation to his rapidly narrowing base of patronage. The architect's involvement in professional bodies (already touched upon in Sections II and III) is outlined, as is his major non-architectural investigation into the history and provenance of a bronze version of Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna. The architect's last years (1914 - 1931) are examined in Section V, including the uncertainties surrounding his financial and domestic circumstances (particularly acute during the war years), his contribution to the debate on the question of architectural education, his activities as a designer of war memorials, and the consequences of his nervous breakdown in September 1920. Finally, the modest outcome of his subsequent (and brief) Joint practice with J. Inch Morrison, is summarised, and attention drawn to his enterprises as Treasurer of the Royal Sottish Academy. The concluding section provides an overview of the thesis, and also defines the nature of Kinross's importance and the extent of his influence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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