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


  • Author: Brian Hanson, Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal
  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403314

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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 there. Bringing to architectural history methods more familiar from studies of the social content of poetry and painting, Brian Hanson is able to establish often surprising relationships between many of the key figures of the period - including Chambers, Soane, Barry, Pugin, Scott and Street - shedding light also on lesser figures, and on agencies as diverse as Freemasonry and magazine publishing. John Ruskin in particular emerges here in a different light, as do his arguments concerning 'The Nature of Gothic'. In line with rethinking of the pace of industrialization, and the dynamic between the metropolitan centres and the more slowly evolving 'fringes', Hanson concludes that in some respects Ruskin was closer to William Chambers than to William Morris.

    • Intriguing view of key figures of the architectural debates of the Georgian and Victorian periods in England
    • Places Ruskin in a larger context, suggesting new alliances between him and the classical tradition, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Arts and Crafts Movement
    • Applies the techniques developed by art historians concerned with social content of poetry and painting
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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403314
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

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    Brian Hanson, Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal

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