Observations on English Architecture, Military, Ecclesiastical, and Civil, Compared with Similar Buildings on the Continent : Including a Critical Itinerary of Oxford and Cambridge; Also Historical Notices of Stained Glass, Ornamental Gardening, &c., with Chronological Tables and Dimensions of the Cathedral and Conventional Churches

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J. Taylor, 1806 - 318 pages
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Page 105 - Architecture certainly possesses many principles in common with Poetry and Painting. Among those which may be reckoned as the first, is, that of affecting the imagination by means of association of ideas.
Page 192 - THE history of architecture, like that of other arts, marks out the progression of manners. Among the Dorians it carried with it the austerity of their national character, which displayed itself in their language and music. The lonians added to its original simplicity an elegance which has excited the universal admiration of posterity. The .Corinthians, a rich and luxurious people, not contented with former improvements, extended the art to the very verge of vicious refinement ; and thus (so connected...
Page 234 - The perfectest figure of a garden I ever saw either at home or abroad was that of Moor Park in Hertfordshire, when I knew it about thirty years ago. It was made by the Countess of Bedford...
Page 252 - Netherlanders ; but he does not mention the period, and I think he must be mistaken. It is certain that this art owed much to the laborious and mechanical genius of the Germans ; and, in particular, their deep researches and experiments in chemistry, which they cultivated in the dark ages with the most indefatigable assiduity, must have greatly assisted its operations. I could give very early anecdotes of this art in England.
Page 69 - Gothick distinguishes itself by an exuberance of decoration, as in the roof of the choir of Gloucester, where it is thrown like a web of embroidery over the old Saxon vaulting." Upon the slightest inspection of the external elevation of the choir, this circumstance will be discovered not to be founded in fact; as it is a superstructure, more than forty feet high, upon the ancient Saxon choir.
Page 20 - No less than fifteen of the twenty-two English cathedrals still retain considerable parts which are undoubtedly of Norman erection, the several dates of which are ascertained. We have the following enumeration of Norman bishops, who were either architects themselves, or under whose auspices architecture flourished: Aldred bishop of Worcester, (1059 — 1089,) St.
Page 45 - Gothick architecture, that to compose a church where every perfection of which that style is capable should be combined, he would select the portal and western front of Rheims, the nave of Amiens, the choir of Beauvais, and...
Page 70 - ... masses of raw colours and gilding. The coincidence of the purity of the Protestant worship with the chasteness which pervades its temples (more especially in some which have been lately renovated), is a certain criterion of national good sense. " There are thirty-one stalls of rich tabernacle-work, carved in oak, on either side, little inferior in point of execution to the episcopal throne at Exeter, or to the stalls at Ely, erected in the reign of Edward III., and allowed to be some of the finest...
Page 15 - ... of pilasters. The latest device which became common just before the Saxon style was abandoned, was a carving round the heads of arches, like trellis placed in broad lozenges, and considerably projecting11.
Page 272 - Reformatiou in England, we may trace a new era of stained glass, which may be said to have commenced with the seventeenth century. The prejudices of the first reformers having relaxed in certain points, relative to the internal decoration of churches, the introduction of so splendid a mass of ornament, and of one to congenial with the architecture still remaining, was no longer proscribed by a positive injunction.

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