The Architect Volume 3

The Architect Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...Such is the famous roof of King's College Chapel at Cambridge, but the frustrums of fans are there bisected by vast transverse ribs, which were no doubt required for strength, owing to the great scale of the vaulting. The earliest instance which is known of fan vaulting is in the cloisters at Gloucester (fig. 41), dating from the beginning of the fifteenth century; indoed, Professor Willis thinks tbo invention due to a School of Masons there. It, contrary to the usual practice, is formed with single arches instead of lour centres. Each fan has but the transverse and wall ribs at its springing, at the next stage it forms the diagonal, then two intermediate ribs, and, finally, four more oh each side of the transverse rib, and ends in little two light window-like beads, while the space above is filled with four large cusped arches and as many pear-shaped figures. The limits of my lecture will not permit me to follow up this part of my subject as its importance demands; and my means of producing illustrations (for which I have heartily to thank several zealous and talented gentlemen engagrd in my office, as well as one of my sons) have exhausted themselves before this laborious phase was reached. I have also to thank Mr. Herbert Puole, of Westminster, and Mr. Kabery, the Clerk of Works at the Chapter House, for their most elaborate measurements of portions of the groining of the Abbey, which, if ever I publish these lectures, I hope to do justice to, but which were too much in detail for my present purpose. I must, therefore, content myself with referring to some of tho most prominent examples. I have already referred to the Gloucester Cloisters and King's College Chapel. I will next mention the central compartment or crossing of St. George's, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 664 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,166g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236604334
  • 9781236604330