Essays on Gothic architecture, by T. Warton [and others]. To which is added, a list of the cathedrals of England, with their dimensions

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Page 2 - England till the time of Inigo Jones, yet our communication with the Italians, and our imitation of their manners, produced fome fpecimens of that ftyle much earlier.
Page 3 - Gothic edifice, has affectedly difplayed his univerfal fkill in the modern architecture by giving us all the five orders together. However, moft of the great buildings of queen Elizabeth's reign have a ftyle peculiar to themfelves, both in form and...
Page 123 - ... admire the ingenuity of the contrivance. This too will account for the contrary qualities in what I call the Saxon architecture.
Page 108 - ... art ; when, instead of those beautiful orders, so majestical and proper for their stations, becoming' .variety and other ornamental accessories, they set up those slender and. misshapen pillars, or rather bundles of staves, and other incongruous props to support incumbent weights and ponderous arched roofs without entablature ; and though not without great industry, as M.
Page 14 - ... and spoked wheels upon occasion ; but having rejected cornices, they had no need of great engines : stone upon stone was easily piled up to great heights ; therefore the pride of their work was in pinnacles and steeples.
Page 106 - In this they essentially differed from the Roman way, who laid all their mouldings horizontally, which made the best perspective: the Gothic way on the contrary, carried all their mouldings perpendicular...
Page 71 - Norman ftyle, we may add that they y 3 had had no tabernacles (or niches with canopies), or pinnacles, or fpires; or indeed any ftatues to adorn their buildings on the outfide, which are the principal grace of what is now called the Gothic ; unlefs thofe fmall figures we fometimes meet with over their door-ways...
Page 131 - Blois, having resolved to ornament the whole sanctuary of the church at present under consideration, with these intersecting semi-circles, after richly embellishing them with mouldings and pellet ornaments, conceived the idea of opening them by way of windows, to the number of four over the altar, and of eight on each side of the choir, which at once produced a series of highly pointed arches.
Page 20 - Mauricius the bishop began therefore the foundation of a new Church of St. Paul, a work that men of that time judged would never have been finished, it was to them so wonderful for length and breadth...
Page 33 - France for artificers skilled in the mystery of making glass (an art till that time unknown to the inhabitants of Britain) to glaze the windows, both of the porticos, and the principal parts of the church ; which work they not only executed, but taught the English nation that most useful art.

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