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William Wilkins 1778–1839


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521144674

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  • Originally published in 1980, this was the first biography of William Wilkins, the regency architect whose reputation once rivalled that of Nash and who is probably the best known today as the designer of the National Gallery in London. The commissions he executed form an important part of our knowledge of the period; Wilkins' earliest major scheme was Downing College, Cambridge (1806) which helped to spark the Greek revival in Britain. He also, however, had a taste for the gothic, as evinced in his screen for the front of King's College. Making use of letters, sketches and notebooks, Dr Liscombe studies Wilkins's career in detail. He charts his development from mathematics student at Cambridge to Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy; he notes the technical innovations that affected his designs; he considers political and social ideas that lay behind his work; and he examines his friendships with influential figures.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521144674
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Introduction: 'The best educated classic'
    1. beginnings
    2. Antiqaries abroad
    3. Temples of learning
    4. 'The true proportions of that noble architecture'
    5. The Civil Architecture of Vitruvius
    6. The Gothic mode
    7. Dilettanti
    8. National monuments and private commissions
    9. Alma Mater
    10. Institutional architecture
    11. Preservation
    12. A temple of the arts
    13. The ebb
    Architectural designs and drawings
    Select bibliography
    The plates
    Select index.

  • Author

    R. W. Liscombe

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