Andrew Ballantyne is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University. He has been Chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and his architectural-history interests range widely. His research interprets buildings as part of cultural history, and has included studies of shops in Dickens and Zola, and the role of descriptions of living-spaces in establishing character in Little Dorrit. He is working on a book about John Ruskin, and articles about Thoreau at Walden Pond and Dickens’s industrial landscape in and around Coketown. His published books include one about Richard Payne Knight and the picturesque (Cambridge, 1997) and another on the Tudoresque (Reaktion, 2011) which include nineteenth-century material.