chapter  11
16 Pages

J. M. Barrie, Edwin Lutyens and the Development of Fantasy Architecture

WithDavid Frazer Lewis

This chapter explores the relationship between two prominent Edwardian artists working in different genres, as J. M. Barrie's architectural influence was enabled by his friend and creative collaborator, the architect Edwin Lutyens, designer, among other things, of Hampstead Garden Suburb, New Delhi and the Cenotaph at Whitehall. fand Barrie were undoubtedly major figures of Edwardian culture, and both have been closely associated with the carefree 'garden party' image of the era. In 1918, Barrie commissioned Lutyens to design him a large new flat in the attic storey of a house in the Adelphi development, 3 Robert Street, London. Barrie's flat was in this sense a marriage of Edwardian ideas about the psychological effect of environments with literary narrative. The Adelphi flat was a domestic fantasy drawn from Barrie's own narratives, and Lutyens's familiarity with Barrie's personal life made him the ideal collaborator.