Acanthus ( Dr.Frank Hoar, FRIBA 1907 -1978)

With Acanthus we are impressed by the discrepancy between the narrative and the means used to achieve it - the Piranesian grandeur to achieve a domestic frisson. His graphic achievement, as you'd expect from a trained architect, was the creation of a dizzying sense of scale and sustained encrustation of detail. His PhD was, significantly on the Bavarian baroque.His best cartooning work was done for Punch. There is a well written and comprehensive account of his architectural acheivements and practice in Wikipedia.

Both of these images are from that magazine, and measure 16 x 23 cms. "Acanthus was an architect and, as a specialist, able to bring to PUNCH pages a high degree of specificity, one of the qualities most lacking in the modern period." R.G.G.Price, A History of Punch Collins London 1957.

TOP - LEFT June 7th 1950 RIGHT May 2nd 1951.

ACROSS THE STREETS, LONDON OPINION

THINGS TO SEE IN BRITAIN, LONDON OPINION

HOMO SAPIENS, LILLIPUT

PUNCH (single image) They met on a float in the Channel

Lilliput 1946, new arrival for a pianist