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

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108054690

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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 1 contains Gwilt's prefatory material, including an analysis of Grecian architecture's development, followed by Chambers' systematic treatment of the orders of architecture.

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108054690
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of subscribers
    Preface to this edition
    Life of Sir William Chambers
    Of the elements of beauty in architecture
    Of the origin of Grecian architecture
    Of the progress and perfection of Grecian architecture
    Dedication to the third edition
    Preface to the third edition
    Of the origin and progress of building
    Of the parts which compose the orders of architecture
    Of the orders of architecture in general
    Of the Tuscan order
    Of the Doric order
    Of the Ionic order
    Of the Composite order
    Of the Corinthian order
    Of pilasters
    Of Persians and catyarids.

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    William Chambers


    Joseph Gwilt

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