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Artists and Espionage : The Lawn Road Flats NW3 Modernist Living in mid-20th Century London Deborah Lambert Thursday 26 October 2017

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Artists and Espionage: The Lawn Road Flats NW3 - Modernist living in mid-20th-century London
This story has a plot worthy of Agatha Christie. The cast includes Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer (refugees from the Bauhaus in Germany), Henry Moore the sculptor, the writers Nicholas Monsarrat and Agatha Christie herself as well as numerous other writers, intellectuals and civil servants. The setting is The Lawn Road Flats, a startling Modernist block in a leafy road in North London. It offered a radical new housing concept

for young professionals: small serviced flats with a communal restaurant and popular club. But was there a darker side to this lively bohemian environment? It was in fact also home to a nest of Soviet spies, including the recruiter and controller of the Cambridge 5. This is the story of a ground- breaking building, now Grade 1 listed, and of the rich and complex lives of its residents.

Lecturer Deborah Lambert was formerly Curator of the Schroder Collection, a private art collection. She studied for her MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. She worked for many years as an academic director and lecturer for Christie's Education.
Until recently, she appeared regularly as a furniture specialist on the Antiques Roadshow. 

Photograph : The Isokon Building - known as the Lawn Road Flats.