History of the Modern Styles of Architecture: Being a Sequel to the Handbook of Architecture

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J. Murray, 1862 - Architecture - 538 pages

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Page 34 - if you want to see one of the greatest of all the triumphs of human ingenuity, — one of the most beautiful, as it is one of the most useful, of all the mechanisms which the intelligence of successive ages has called into being.
Page 329 - His one hope lies in the knowledge that there is a "tertium quid," a style which, for want of a better name, is sometimes called the Italian, but should be called the common-sense style. This, never having attained the completeness which debars all further progress, as was the case in the purely Classical or in the perfected Gothic styles, not only admits of, but insists on, progress. It courts borrowing principles and forms from either. It can use either pillars or pinnacles as may be required....
Page 22 - ... master mason, who was skilled in construction ; of the carver, the painter, the glazier, of the host of men who, each in his own craft, knew all that had been done before them, and had spent their lives in struggling to surpass the works of their forefathers.
Page 517 - The true glory of the Celt in Europe is his artistic eminence. It is perhaps not too much to assert that without his intervention we should not have possessed in modern times a church worthy of admiration, or a picture or a statue we could look at without shame.
Page 436 - The perfection of Art in an American's eyes would be attained by the invention of a self-acting machine, which should produce plans of cities and designs for Gothic churches or Classic municipal buildings, at so much per foot super, and so save all further trouble or thought. The planning of cities has in America been always practically performed by these means; the process being to take a sheet of...
Page 274 - Paul's surpasses in beauty of design all the other examples of the same class which have yet been carried out ; and whether seen from a distance or near, it is, externally at least, one of the grandest and most beautiful churches in Europe.

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