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An Historical Essay on Architecture

An Historical Essay on Architecture
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108068437

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  • With a fondness for classical antiquities and neoclassical design, the connoisseur Thomas Hope (1769–1831) sought to influence Georgian taste by promoting informed interior decoration, displaying his own considerable art collection, and writing with insight on aesthetic topics. This two-volume work, originally published posthumously in 1835, traces the evolution of Western architecture since antiquity. Hope was a keen traveller, and the examples he cites are drawn from buildings that he studied on journeys through Europe and beyond, notably in those countries bordering the Mediterranean. Reissued here in the third edition that appeared in 1840, Volume 1 examines how religions, climates, landscapes and prevailing mores shaped the architectural preferences of civilisations from ancient Egypt to the Gothic revival. Volume 2 amalgamates the precise line drawings that accompanied the first edition with the illustrated analytical index that appeared in 1836.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108068437
    • length: 756 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: Available
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    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Origin and nature of the Egyptian style of architecture
    3. Origin of the architecture of the Greeks
    4. Influence upon architecture of habit and religion
    5. Nature and character of the different orders of Grecian architecture
    6. Natural and adventitious circumstances by which Grecian architecture was affected
    7. On the origin of the arch
    8. Decay of the architecture of the Greeks, and progress of that of the Romans
    9. Effect upon architecture of the introduction of Christianity
    10. Effect upon ancient architecture of the want of glass
    11. Some account of round or polygonal buildings
    12. Rise and progress of the architecture of Byzantium
    13. Derivation of the Persian, Mohammedan, and Moorish architecture from that of Byzantium
    14. Derivation of Russian architecture from that of Byzantium
    15. Destruction of pagan works of art
    16. Symbols used by the early Christians
    17. Heathen customs kept up or emulated by the Christians
    18. Schism between the Greek and Latin churches
    19. Sepulchral architecture
    20. Early styles of architecture on this side of the Alps derived from Italy
    21. Investigation of the circumstances which, towards the end of the tenth century, affected architecture generally and extensively throughout Europe
    22. Lombard style of architecture
    23. Progress of the art of constructing arches and vaults
    24. Forms of the absis, entrance, cupola, spire, and steeple usually seen in Lombard architecture
    25. Lombard monastic architecture
    26. Private defensive architecture of the ninth and tenth centuries
    27. Lombard civic architecture
    28. Allegorical and other ornamental additions to Lombard architecture
    29. On the use of brick
    30. Doors of churches
    31. A list of churches in the Lombard style
    32. Some account of the characteristics of the pointed style
    33. The question of the person by whom, or the place where, the pointed arch was invented, not to be solved
    34. Examination of various conjectures on the subject of the change from round to pointed architecture
    35. The author's theory respecting the invention and adoption of pointed architecture
    36. A brief examination of various conjectures as to the country in which pointed architecture originated
    37. Inquiry into the claims of England to the invention of pointed architecture
    38. Inquiry into the claims of France and Italy
    39. Inquiry into the claims of Germany
    40. A short account of some developments of the pointed style, religious and civic
    41. Diffusion of the pointed style through France, England, Spain, Portugal, and Italy
    42. A list of remarkable edifices in the pointed style
    43. Local peculiarities of architecture
    44. Causes which produced the decline of pointed architecture
    45. Characteristics of the resumed style of the ancients
    46. Adoption throughout Europe of the resumed style of the ancients
    47. A list of edifices in the cinque-cento style
    48. Remarks upon architecture since the time of Michael Angelo
    Index. Volume 2: List of plates
    Plates
    Analytical index.

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    Thomas Hope

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