This book provides insight into architecture during the reigns of the first four king Georges highlighting the diversity of the architecture created. The term ‘Georgian’ architecture brings to mind symmetry, brick facades, sash windows, and fanlighted doorcases. But Georgian architecture was much more diverse.
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It was influenced by the Classicism of Italy as well as Chinoiserie, Rococo, Gothick, and Indian styles. The choices of the time for building design included Palladianism, the search for uncorrupted Classical sources through the study of Antiquity, the various revivals of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian styles, the taste for the exotic and for Orientalism, and the growing interest in medieval architecture and monastic remains and ruins which played an important part in the Gothic Revival. Focus was on the Picturesque and what was beautiful.
All of these themes are fully detailed and discussed in the book. There are many colour and black and white illustrations that help to explain the types of architecture. The bibliography is extensive.
This fully revised and newly illustrated book updates the 1993 first edition.
Author Professor James Steven Curl is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has held Chairs in Architectural History at two universities and is currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Art, Design, and the Built Environment, University of Ulster.
Georgian Architecture in the British Isles 1714-1830 (second edition)
Publisher: English Heritage
Published in 2011
444 pages; 300 colour and black and white illustrations
Price: £50 in UK, hardcover; in US $100, hardcover
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