Brian Hanson examines how the authority of architects was created within the changing working practices of eighteenth and nineteenth century British architecture. Incorporating new methods, he compares diverse figures, such as Chambers, Soane, Barry, Pugin, Scott, and Street, and provides a new context for Ruskin's arguments about "The Nature of Gothic." He demonstrates how Ruskin is closer to the classical tradition represented by Chambers than the Arts and Crafts Movement of Webb and Morris, which he supposedly inspired.
Introduction; Part I: Section 1. 'The Shadow of their Wings': The Architect among Builders: 1. John Gwynn; 2. William Chambers; 3. The example of Chambers; Section 2. 'The Poetry of Architecture': The Architect above Builders: 4. Joseph Gwilt; 5. John Soane; 6. The example of Soane; Part II: Section 3. 'Mystery and Craft are Gone By': The Poet's Descent: 7. A language of men; 8. The pictorial art; Section 4. 'He Never Condescended': Coming to Terms with New Disciplines: 9. Charles Barry; 10. Pugin; 11. A. J. Beresford Hope and the Ecclesiologists; Part III: Section 5. 'Conjunctive All': The Sharing of Knowledge in Building: 12. John Britton; 13. The Artizan; Section 6. 'Orthodoxy of Practice': The Builder and a New Freemasonry: 14. Josiah Hansom and The Builder; 15. Alfred Bartholemew, The Builder and the freemasons of the Church; 16. Bartholemew's College; 17. Godwin's Builder; Part IV: Section 7. Ruskin's Changing Prospect: 18. Ruskin, Leeds, Lamb, and Loudon; 19. The poetry of architecture; 20. Modern Painters I and II; 21. The Seven Lamps of Architecture; Part V: Section 8. Ruskin's Descent: 22. Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle; 23. The Stones of Venice: James Fergusson and E. L. Garbett; 24. Ruskin in 1854 and 1855; 25. Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites; Part VI: Section 9. Incarnation: 26. Ruskin, G. G. Scott and the architectural museum; 27. Ruskin, Acland, and the Oxford Museum; 28. Deane and Woodward; 29. Pre-Raphaelite painters and sculptors and the Oxford Museum; Part VII: Section 10. Ruskin's Reception: The 1850s and 1860s: 30. John Pollard Seddon and the 'puginisation' of Ruskin; 31. G. E. Street: father of the Arts and Crafts; 32. E. W. Godwin - the 'art-architect'; 33. The architectural museum in the late 1850s; 34. The failure of the Oxford Museum; 35. Ruskin's lectures to architects; Part VIII. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.