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Nikolaus Pevsner

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (30 January 190218 August 1983) was a German-born historian of art and architecture.


  • A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal.
    • An Outline of European Architecture (Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1942] 1957), p. 23.


  • Pevsner's career is a prism through which to view the world of art history as it developed in England in the middle of the twentieth century.
    • Susie Harries, "Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life" (2011), page ix
  • Pevsner was very much the German bourgeois Jew - a certain amount of austerity and not a lot of giggles.
    • Susie Harries, "Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life" (2011), page 663

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