A celebration of architectural design in the reigns of the first four Georges (1714-1830), examining the remarkable stylistic diversity of Palladianism, the revivals of Greek, Roman and Egyptian styles, the taste for the exotic and orientalism, and the developments leading to the Gothic revival.
This is an illustrated guide to the architecture of the British Isles during the reign of the first four Georges (1714-1830). To many people the term "Georgian" suggests a dignified, often symmetrical facade of brick, with elegant sash-windows, a doorcase (usually with a fanlight) and a well-mannered and reticent appearance. However, there was far more to the Georgian period than that, and the book sets out to show the remarkable diversity of architecture created during the era, from the grander classicism influenced by the architecture of Italy, notably that of Palladio, to the exotic tastes for chinoiserie, rococo, Gothic and even Indian styles. The author discusses all these aspects and also sets the scene in respect of notions concerned with the beautiful, the picturesque and the sublime, drawing attention especially to the importance of the picturesque.
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The Georgian period - changes of sensibility, aesthetic categories, the impact of antiquity, Palladianism; Palladianism - Campbell and Burlington, Lord Burlington's circle, Palladianism in the provinces and elsewhere, the decline of Palladianism; the Romantic revolution - the exotic and the Gothick taste, the castle style, chinoiserie and orientalism; archaeology and the revival of classical antiquity - the lure of antiquity, the Doric revival, the society of dilettanti, the Greek revival, the anti-Greek camp, pantheons and rotundas, Dance and after; Georgian churches - the influence and Wren, Gibbs and after, other Georgian churches, the early 19th-century churches, Romanesque and Gothic; industrial, commercial, institutional and market buildings - iron structures, market buildings, courthouses, commercial architecture apart from market buildings, prisons and hospitals, buildings for military use, educational buildings and charity schools, buildings for professional organizations; Georgian pleasure - taking the waters, pleasure gardens, inns and hotels, clubs, museums, theatres; planning of villages and towns - emparking, picturesque villages, utopian villages, town planning; places for the living and for the dead - the Georgian town, Georgian mealtimes, appearance of streets, sanitary arrangements, town gardens, town houses, country houses, mausolea and memorials; buildings of government.
Georgian Architecture by James Stevens Curl
James Stevens Curl
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