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1. Sir John Summerson, 'Bread & Butter and Architecture', Horizon. A Review of Literature and Art VI, no. 34 (1942): 234.
2. Sir John Summerson, 'Introduction', in Trevor Dannatt, Modern Architecture in Britain (London: Batsford, 1959), 27. This was a reprint of Summerson's introduction to the catalogue of the Arts Council of Great Britain exhibition Ten Years of British Architecture, '45-'55, of 1956.
3. Summerson's 'Bread & Butter and Architecture' text was also the leitmotif of our conference session '“Bread & Butter and Architecture”: Accommodating the Everyday' at the European Architectural History Network Third International Meeting (Turin, June 2014). This issue of Footprint shares the fundamental premises of the session, as well as some of the papers originally given there.
4. Summerson (1942), 235.
5. Ibid., 234.
6. Cf. Alistair Thomson, 'Memory and Remembering in Oral History', in The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, ed. Donald A. Ritchie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 77-95.
7. Andrew Saint, The Image of the Architect (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983), 6.
9. John Summerson, 'Gandy and the Tomb of Merlin', The Architectural Review (April 1941): 90, quoted in Neil Jackson, 'John Summerson and the View from the Outside', in Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography, ed. Frank Salmon (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006), 263-80. Jackson saw in Summerson's work 'that rather British characteristic of fair play and gamesmanship apparent in the support of the underdog.' Jackson (2006), 275.