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A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture
With Illustrations, Notes, and an Examination of Grecian Architecture

Volume 2

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108054706

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About the Authors
  • Sir William Chambers (1722–96), architect and furniture designer, wished to further his career in the 1750s by publishing on architecture. He also became the Prince of Wales' architectural tutor, architect to the office of works, then head of the royal works (comptroller and surveyor-general from 1782). Notably, he remodelled Buckingham House (1762–73) and designed Somerset House (1775–96), but Chambers' reputation rests also on his Treatise on Civil Architecture (1759), which he revised and expanded in 1791 as A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture. It is regarded as one of the standard English texts on classical architecture, and remains essential reading. This reissue is of the two-volume edition of 1825, annotated by the architect and writer Joseph Gwilt (1784–1863). Volume 2 focuses on the application of the orders as well as smaller architectural features, including doors, windows, balustrades, chimney-pieces and ceilings.

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108054706
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Of pedestals
    Of the application of the orders of architecture
    Of intercolumniations
    Of arcades and arches
    Of orders above orders
    Of basements and attics
    Of pediments
    Of balustrades
    Of gates, doors, and piers
    Of windows
    Of niches and statues
    Of chimney-pieces
    Of profiles for doors, windows, niches, chimney-pieces, etc.
    Of block cornices and extraneous entablatures
    Of the proportions of rooms
    Of ceilings
    Designs for casines, temples, gates, doors, etc.
    Explanation of the principal terms employed in the science of architecture
    General index
    Directions to the binder

  • Author

    William Chambers


    Joseph Gwilt

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