A Short History of Renaissance Architecture in England, 1500-1800

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G. Bell and Sons, 1904 - Architects - 323 pages

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Page 230 - ... admitted of a sure remedy against any decay of the colours from saltpetre in the wall, by making another of oak laths four inches within it, and so primed over like a picture. From a wide landing-place on the stairs...
Page 179 - The new church in the Strand, called St. Maryle-Strand, was the first building I was employed in after my arrival from Italy, which, being situated in a very public place, the Commissioners for building the fifty churches, of which this is one, spared no cost to beautify it. It consists of two orders, in the upper...
Page 224 - What the background is in painting, in architecture is the real ground on which the building is erected; and no architect took greater care than he that his work should not appear crude and hard: that is, it did not abruptly start out of the ground without expectation or preparation.
Page 124 - liberty in the prosecution of his work, to make some variations, rather Ornamental than Essential, as from time to time he should see proper, and to leave the whole to his management.
Page 114 - Churches must be large : but still, in our reformed religion, it should seem vain to make a parish church larger than that all who are present can both hear and see.
Page 52 - Burton Agnes and Barlborough in Yorkshire, and Chastleton in Oxfordshire. The tendency, however, was to break away from the quadrangular plan inclosed on all four sides. When Dr. Caius built his New Court at Caius College, Cambridge, in 1565, he expressly forbade the closing in of the court on the south side, " lest the air from being confined within a narrow space should become foul " ; and it was probably on this ground that the plan of a three-sided court came into general use.
Page 71 - Christianus IV., King of Denmark, first engrossed him to himself, sending for him out of Italy, where, especially at Venice, he had many years resided...
Page 224 - I mean to speak of him in the language of our art. To speak then of Vanbrugh in the language of a painter, he had originality of invention, he understood light and shadow, and had great skill in composition. To support his principal object, he produced his second and third groups or masses; he perfectly understood in his art what is the most difficult in ours, the conduct of the back-ground; by which the design and invention is set off to the greatest advantage.
Page 34 - ... others, give to their castles the shape of a triangle or that of their initials, or that of an E in honour of Elizabeth.1 Masters of the art set the example ; the architect, John Thorpe, draws the plan of his house, and explains as well as signs it with these triumphant verses : Thes two letters I and T, Joyned together as you see, Is meant for a dwelling house for me...
Page 140 - As I am dismissed, having worn out by God's mercy a long life in the Royal service, and having made some figure in the world, I hope it will be allowed me to die in peace.

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