Architects and the 'Building World' from Chambers to Ruskin: Constructing Authority

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This study peers behind the veil of architectural styles to the underlying social microcosm of the "building world" of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to examine how the fragile authority of the architect took root. Bringing to architectural history methods more familiar from studies of the social content of poetry and painting, Brian Hanson is able to establish new, and often surprising, relationships between many of the key figures of the period - including Chambers, Soane, Barry, Pugin, Scott, and Street - and to shed new light on lesser figures, and on agencies a diverse as freemasonry and magazine publishing. John Ruskin in particular emerges here in an entirely new light, as do his arguments concerning "The Nature of Gothic." Hanson concludes that in some respects Ruskin was closer to William Chambers than to William Morris.
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Review of the hardback: '… the scholarship is impressive …' Architecture Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521811866
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
"The Shadow of Their Wings": The Architect among Builders 22
John Gwynn 22
William Chambers 25
The Example of Chambers 34
"The Poetry of Architecture": The Architect above Builders 37
Joseph Gwilt 37
John Soane 40
The Example of Soane 54
"Mystery and Craft Are By": The Poet's Descent 59
A Language of Men 59
The Pictorial Art 63
"He Never Condescended": Coming to Terms with New Disciplines 70
Charles Barry 70
Pugin 80
A. J. Beresford Hope and the Ecclesiologists 86
"Conjunctive All": The Sharing of Knowledge in Building 93
John Britton 93
The Artizan 97
"Orthodoxy of Practice" The Builder and a New Freemasonry 103
Josiah Hansom and The Builder 103
Alfred Bartholomew, The Builder, and the Freemasons of the Church 110
Bartholomew's College 116
Godwin's Builder 122
Ruskin's Changing Prospect 129
Ruskin, Leeds, Lamb, and Loudon 129
The Poetry of Architecture 135
Modern Painters I and II 144
The Seven Lamps of Architecture 152
Ruskin's Descent 164
Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle 164
The Stones of Venice: James Fergusson and E. L. Garbett 168
Ruskin in 1854 and 1855 180
Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelites 184
Incarnation 192
Ruskin, G. G. Scott, and the Architectural Museum 192
Ruskin, Acland, and the Oxford Museum 201
Deane and Woodward 210
Pre-Raphaelite Painters and Sculptors and the Oxford Museum 220
Ruskin's Reception: The 1850s and 1860s 229
John Pollard Seddon and the Puginian Reading of Ruskin 229
G. E. Street: Father of the Arts and Crafts 233
E. W. Godwin - The "Art-Architect" 238
The Architectural Museum in the Late 1850s 240
The Failure of the Oxford Museum 246
Ruskin's Lectures to Architects 251
Conclusion 259
Notes 265
Bibliography 337
Index 361
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