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The life and times of James Walter Chapman-Taylor

Author: Judy Siers
Publisher: Napier, N.Z. : Millwood, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of James Walter Chapman-Taylor, architect, craftsman, furniture designer, builder, photographer, astrologer and family man.The Life and Times of James Chapman-Taylor is the biography of a remarkable man. He was born in London in 1878 and died in Lower Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand in 1958. It is the story of a man who chose architecture, design and house and furniture construction for his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Walter Chapman-Taylor; James Walter Chapman-Taylor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judy Siers
ISBN: 9780473113407 0473113406
OCLC Number: 156286712
Awards: Montana New Zealand Book Awards Biography Award, 2008
Description: xvi, 440 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 36 cm.
Other Titles: Chapman-Taylor
James Walter Chapman-Taylor
Responsibility: Judy Siers.

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This is the story of James Walter Chapman-Taylor, architect, craftsman, furniture designer, builder, photographer, astrologer and family man.The Life and Times of James Chapman-Taylor is the biography of a remarkable man. He was born in London in 1878 and died in Lower Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand in 1958. It is the story of a man who chose architecture, design and house and furniture construction for his career. While it is told from a personal perspective - there is a great deal of his family life included in this book - architecture has presented the milestones in his life. When Chapman-Taylor meets a new client - inspects a site and proposes a plan - the author has examined the house design, followed the building process and finally looked at the house on completion. The 97 building commissions are individually titled, and included in the story. It is a chance for the reader to meet the clients, enter the house and as well, slowly get to know the workings of the mind, and appreciate the skills of James Chapman-Taylor. Later in his life Chapman-Taylor became a professional photographer and his images plus his house plans have been used, where ever possible to illustrate the book. Other aspects of his life include his Theosophical Society involvement, his Golden Dawn membership, his association and friendship with Dr Robert Felkin and his wife Harriot and astrology and the creation of astrological charts. His spiritual life is an important part of the biography and the influences of the Arts and Craft Movement, John Ruskin, William Morris and English domestic architects of the period are examined.

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