Critical Review of the Publick Buildings, Statues, and Ornaments In, and about London and Westminster
General Books LLC, 2009 - 108 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1783. Excerpt: ... MORNING IV. OU R next morning's tour will be from Fleetmarket along the Strand, to the Surry side of Westminster-bridge. 'The steeple of St. Bride's, at first sight, appears to a good deal of advantage; but on ever so slight an examination, we conclude it wants variety, and the first and last order are almost the fame. St. Dunstan's, Fleet-street, is but an incumbrance to the way. Without having any thing but deformity in itself, it spoils the beauty of the whole street, and hides the prospect of Temple-bar, which would terminate the view very advantageously, and to be seen almost as far again as it is at present. Temple-bar is the only remaining gate about town, and deserves some degree of applause. If it has any fault, it is, that the top being circular as well as the arch underneath, the whole wants that contrast of figure, which is so esiential to beauty and taste. The statues on the outside are good, their only disadvantage is the hurry of the place where they are to be viewed, which makes it dangerous to be curious, and prevents that attention to them, which they would otherwise command. The 'The structure of the Temple-gate is in the stile of Inigo Jones, and very far from being inelegant; I wish I could fay the fame of the different detachments of building which belong to it; but that is far from being in my power, nor ever can or will, the property is so divided and subdivided, that it is next to impossible that any agreement should ever be made in favour of harmony and decoration. It is certain, that nothing can be finer situated than the Temple, along the side of the river; and, if we consider the elevation of the ground, and how far it extends, the most barren invention cannot fail of conceiving the use it might be put to, and the beauties ...
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