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The Architecture of Deane & Woodward by Frederick O’Dwyer (Cork University Press, 1997 – 650 pages) is the key work. For example, it proves that the oft-quoted assertion that the Oxford Museum commission was awarded after Ruskin had visited the Trinity College Museum Building has no factual basis.

From the dust jacket: “Influences on Deane and Woodward are analysed, from those of Pugin and other contemporaries in the early days, to John Ruskin, whose precepts are reflected in their mature work, notably the Museum Building at Trinity College, Dublin (1852-57), the Kildare Street Club (1858-61), the Oxford Museum [their most important work, 1854-60] and the Crown Life Office in Blackfriars (1856-58). The role of Ruskin, the O’Shea family of stone carvers and the Pre-Raphaelites in Deane and Woodward’s architecture is reassessed in the light of new material.”

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