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Nikolaus Pevsner (January 30, 1902 - August 18, 1983) was a German-born
British historian of art and, especially, architecture.
The son of a Jewish merchant, Nikolaus Pevsner was born in Leipzig, Saxony.
He studied art history at the Universities of Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, and
Frankfurt/Main in Germany (PhD 1924), worked at the Dresden Gallery
(1924-28) and taught at Göttingen University (1929–33). In 1934, he moved to
England to escape Nazism and taught at London, Oxford, and Cambridge
He is best known for his 46-volume series of county-by-county guides, The
Buildings of England (1951–74), one of the great achievements of
20th-century art scholarship.
Pevsner conceived and edited the Pelican History of Art series (1953– ) and
many individual volumes of which are regarded as classics.
He died in London.