A Description and Defence of the Restorations of the Exterior of Lincoln Cathedral

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 142 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... preparation. If authority were necessary, sufficient is at hand to prove that, with its absence, the architecture of the thirteenth century was not thought to have yielded any indispensable feature of embellishment, greatly as its presence was courted, and its appearance was made attractive. The luxury of Purbeck was maintained for about a century. Various ingenious methods were put in practice to retard the operations of the weather, but the climate was not lenient to the material; and, as its use was greatly lessened before the close of the thirteenth century, the architecture itself may be said to have confirmed its ultimate rejection by the builders. Living architects deserve great praise for the introduction of other native marbles in architecture: it remains to be seen how much of the material will be well treated by the weather. In the interior it takes its place becomingly with Purbeck, which, it is hoped, never will be altogether discarded. Enough has been said in the course of these pages to confirm the impression intended to be conveyed, that both Essex and Wyatt were influenced in their alterations of Cathedrals by a strong predilection for scenic effect. With much pretension, there was nothing of the grandeur of art in the mind of Essex: he was cold and insensible to its impressions, and could pace the aisles of stupendous Cathedrals without being awed by their sublimity. The temples reared by the hands of Christian architects, never to be equalled, were approached by him with feelings little less rebellious than those which hurried in the fanatic destroyers aforetime. They performed their bidding with heedless violence; he, with the attributes of a man of science, went the same way to work, and his deeds were only less mischievous than those...

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