Empire Building: Orientalism and Victorian Architecture

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Architecture - 288 pages
The colonial architecture of the nineteenth century has much to tell us of the history of colonialism and cultural exchange. Yet, these buildings can be read in many ways. Do they stand as witnesses to the rapacity and self-delusion of empire? Are they monuments to a world of lost glory and forgotten convictions? Do they reveal battles won by indigenous cultures and styles? Or do they simply represent an architectural style made absurdly incongruous in relocation?
Empire Building is a study of how and why Western architecture was exported to the Middle East and how Islamic and Byzantine architectural ideas and styles impacted on the West.
The book explores how far racial theory and political and religious agendas guided British architects (and how such ideas were resisted when applied), and how Eastern ideas came to influence the West, through writers such as Ruskin and buildings such as the Crystal Palace.
Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, Empire Building takes the reader on an extraordinary postcolonial journey, backwards and forwards, into the heart and to the edge of empire.
 

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Contents

List of plates
24
1
31
ORIENTALISM AND ARCHITECTURE
37
Crystal Palace Turkish Court 1851
62
John Ruskin Fondaco dei Turchi Venice 18513 Watercolour
83
Francis Arundale and Frederick Catherwood Dome of the
90
Preface
95
James Wild Christ Church Streatham 183941
99
James Wild St Marks Alexandria c 1846 Engraving of
116
James Wild St Marks Alexandria 184554
119
Stonelaying ceremony Crimean Memorial Church Istanbul
124
W J Smith British embassy Istanbul 184254
127
W J Smith British embassy Istanbul Plan of first floor
128
John Murray Map of Istanbul c 1871
129
W J Smith Seamans hospital Istanbul 184654 Elevation of
130
W J Smith British prison Istanbul 184958 Elevation
131

James Wild Mosque of Sultan Daher Cairo 1844 Elevation
103
James Wild Design for a British cemetery gate Cairo 1844
104
James Wild Tower design c 1844 Elevation
105
James Wild Eunus a Fellah c 1844
106
David Roberts Interview with Mehemet Ali in his Palace
108
Colonel E Napier Map of Alexandria 1841
110
Plan of the Maydan alTahrir Alexandria c 1842
111
J M Derick Design for Afghan Memorial Church Colaba 1844
113
James Wild St Marks Alexandria 1846 Engraving of side
114
James Wild St Marks Alexandria c 1846 Perspective
115
British buildings in Galata 1858 Block plan
132
Henry Pulman Consular shipping offices Istanbul 185961
133
W J Smith Imperial kiosk Istanbul 1853
135
G E Street Competition design Crimean Memorial Church
142
G E Street Competition design Crimean Memorial Church
143
G E Street Competition design Crimean Memorial Church
144
Plan
153
Notes
202
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About the author (1996)

Mark Crinson is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Manchester.

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