The music of the eye: or, Essays on the principles of the beauty and perfection of architecture, as founded on and deduced from reason and analogy, and adapted to what may be traced of the ancient theories of taste, in the three first chapters of Vitruvius ...

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W. Walker, 1831 - Architecture - 262 pages
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Page 59 - ... it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it. 9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: 10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
Page xi - And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
Page xi - No more shall nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes. Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er, The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more ; But useless lances into scythes shall bend, And the broad falchion in a plough-share end.
Page xi - ... nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; (Isaiah ii.
Page 48 - For, on that principle, the wedge-like snout of a swine, with its tough cartilage at the end, the little sunk eyes, and the whole make of the head, so well adapted to its offices of digging and rooting, would be extremely beautiful.
Page 9 - that one who could not design a little, would never make an honest man." A foolish observation enough, and which, if he had not left better proofs, would give one as little opinion of the judgment of the speaker, as it does of that of the relator. The earl seems to have had in his service another painter, one Harrison, now only known to us by a...
Page 129 - The way (says he) of composing pleasing " forms, is to be accomplished by making choice of " variety of lines, as to their shapes and dimensions ; " and then again by varying their situations with each " other, by all the different ways that can be conceived, " and at the same time (if a solid figure be the subject " of the composition) the contents or space that is to " be inclosed within those lines, must be duly con" sidered and varied too, as much as possible with
Page 183 - ... with it ; and the systematic regularity of the whole discernible from every point of sight : but when, according to the modern fashion, all around is levelled and thrown open ; and the poor square edifice exposed alone, or with the accompaniment only of its regular wings and portico, amidst spacious lawns interspersed with irregular clumps or masses of wood, and sheets of water, I do not know a more melancholy object...
Page 92 - ... The sublime part that I so much esteem, and of which I have begun to speak, is a real Je ne s$ai quoi, or an unaccountable something to most people, and it is the most important part to all the connoisseurs, I shall call it an harmonious propriety, which is a touching or moving unity, or a pathetick agreement or concord, not only of each member to its body, but also of each part to the member of which it is a part...
Page 90 - Eurythmia est venusta species commodusque in compo|sitionibus membrorum aspectus. Haec efficitur, cum membra operis convenientia sunt altitudinis ad latitudinem, latitudinis ad longitudinem, et ad summam omnia respondent suae symmetriae.

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