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Britain’s C20 Society hosts a Snelling lecture in London

Posted by Davina Jackson 1 November 2017


Britain's Twentieth Century Society has hosted a lecture on Douglas Snelling's career to allow its members to assess suggestions by his biographer, Dr Davina Jackson, that he was one of England's internationally significant emigré modernists. Co-hosted by the elite estate agency Modern House, Jackson's lecture was held on 9 October 2017 in the glamorous Fitzrovia event space of architects Fieldon Clegg Bradley Studios (led by Geoff Rich), and was attended by more than 50 modernism connoisseurs.


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Snelling’s Pittwater palace on the market again

Posted by Davina Jackson 29 October 2017


Douglas Snelling's Arthur F. Little residence (Yoorami), built during the mid-1960s on a large Pittwater harbourfront property at 3 Riverview Road, Clareville, is being offered for sale. It has been promoted in a colour feature about Pittwater's luxury residences, published in the 'Mansion' property supplement of The Australian newspaper, 27-29 October 2017.

Jonathan Chancellor, The Australian's veteran property reporter, echoed claims published on this website by describing the Little house ..... Read More

British PhD honours Snelling and his biographer

Posted by Davina Jackson 29 October 2017


Three books and diverse publications on South Pacific modern architecture and design have earned Douglas Snelling's biographer, Davina Jackson, a PhD by Published Works from the University of Kent School of Architecture (KSA). This retrospective type of doctorate, awarded not only for one research thesis deemed 'worthy of publication' but for an extensive oeuvre of already published books and other original scholarly writings (which are clarified in a 15,000-word summary essay, here), is the ..... Read More

Snelling welcomed by Hawai‘i historians

Posted by Davina Jackson 13 March 2017


Douglas Snelling has been welcomed posthumously by architects and historians in Honolulu, where he holidayed and lived from the 1960s until his death in 1985.

The Hawai‘i chapter of Docomomo, the international modern architecture preservation group, recently hosted a lecture on Snelling's pan-Pacific career, presented by his biographer, Davina Jackson, with personal recollections by Snelling's third wife, Marianne Sparre. Held at the offices of architects WCIT, the event was organised by Hawai‘i's ..... Read More

Snelling book now on sale with Oxford publisher Routledge

Posted by Davina Jackson 12 October 2016


One of the world's major academic publishers, Routledge, has launched the hardcover edition of Davina Jackson's long-delayed book about Douglas Snelling. Global distribution of this edition began in December 2016.

Titled Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Design and Architecture, the book has been endorsed by the State Library of New South Wales and is illustrated with approx. 150 mono images, including many original drawings from Snelling's studio and photographs of his key buildings by legendary ..... Read More

Snelling’s 2016 centenary publications

Posted by Davina Jackson 4 March 2016


Douglas Snelling's 2016 birth centenary has been highlighted in the 'Pulse' section of the latest issue of InDesign, the Australia-international magazine of multi-disciplinary creativity. Written by Snelling's biographer, Davina Jackson (also the editor of this website), it's downloadable here. The article is prefaced by a glamorous 1960s portrait of Snelling, taken by Max Dupain at the peak of Snelling's career.

Meanwhile editors at the British academic publisher Routledge have confirmed that ..... Read More