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Lust and LutyensThe Architect and his Wife A Life of Edwin LutyensJane RidleyChatto and Windus 25 pp488Jane Ridley does not quite blame the sexual incompatibility of her great-grandparents Edwin and Emily Lutyens for the towerblocks of the 1960s but its tempting to cut and paste her narrative a little to come up with a pretty startling new interpretation of the course of British architecture in the twentieth centuryIs a Lutyens house she asks at one point an architecture born of sexual longing and disappointment No doubt about it seems to be her answer After the youthful promise of all those dream houses in Kent Lutyens gets married and suddenly starts to go all fruity and art nouveau in his work Then the sex dries up and he turns into a classicistSomething of the excitement and sexual energy of that first year of their marriage was transposed into his work at Les Bois des Moutiers she says But then Emily becomes a theosophist and falls under the spell of Krishnamurti Disgusted at her husbands clumsy and inadequate lovemaking she terminates the physical side of their relationship with a letter that could hardly have been more painful for its recipientI have suffered intensely physically during all my married life I have done my duty to you and my country as regards children and could never face another With that incentive gone your coming to me has been increasingly difficult for me to bear I believe and hold firmly that a woman has the right over her own body Where she gives it willingly the relationship is beautiful Where she gives it because she must it becomes prostitution in or out of marriage and is a degradationEvicted from the marriage bed he promptly becomes a classicist As Voysey once said If Lutyens had not defected to the classical camp England might have developed a sound modern architecture of her own Or in other words the greatest architect of
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