Metropolitan Improvements; Or, London in the Nineteenth Century: Being a Series of Views, of the New and Most Interesting Objects, in the British Metropolis & Its Vicinity

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Jones, 1827 - Architecture - 316 pages
 

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Page 12 - So proud, so grand ; of that stupendous air, Soft and agreeable come never there. Greatness, with Timon, dwells in such a draught As brings all Brobdignag before your thought. To compass this, his building is a town, His pond an ocean, his parterre a down...
Page 23 - I love the language, that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses from a female mouth, And sounds as if it should be writ on satin, With syllables which breathe of the sweet South, And gentle liquids gliding all so pat in, That not a single accent seems uncouth, Like our harsh northern whistling, grunting guttural, Which we're obliged to hiss, and spit, and sputter all.
Page 114 - Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed You can send a boy to college but you can't make him think.
Page 123 - To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful, and ridiculous excess.
Page 143 - When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.
Page xxx - Elizabeth under the name of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading to the East Indies.
Page 136 - The forms and turnings of the streets of London, and other old towns, are produced by accident, without any original plan or design; but they are not always the less pleasant to the walker or spectator, on that account. On the contrary, if the city had been built on the regular plan of Sir Christopher Wren, the effect might have been, as we know it is in some new parts of the town, rather unpleasing ; the uniformity might have produced weariness, and a slight degree of disgust.
Page 32 - The study of this department of our art, convenience, particularly in domestic architecture, is one of the most useful, and at the same time, one of the most difficult parts of an architect's profession.
Page 44 - Look on our right how the huge cupola of the Coliseum spreads its ample rotunda among the groves of mansions, pleasure grounds and squares. See the bizarre minarets of Sussex Place on our...
Page 105 - Inigo Jones, the king's chief architect. Of the principal reformers of taste among the learned and noble men of this period, the great LORD CHANCELLOR BACON stands in the foremost rank ; and his published opinions on architecture and gardening, are decisive proofs of the correctness of his taste. His maxim, that houses are built to live in and not to look on, should never be forgotten by the domestic architect ; and his description of a palace, in opposition to such huge buildings as the Vatican,...

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