The Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain Represented and Illustrated in a Series of Views, Elevations, Plans, Sections and Details of Ancient English Edifices; With Historical and Descriptive Accounts of Each

The Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain Represented and Illustrated in a Series of Views, Elevations, Plans, Sections and Details of Ancient English Edifices; With Historical and Descriptive Accounts of Each : In Five Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...their original places, and placed here, when the chapel was newly paved. This grand and elegant window, so splendid a specimen of the architecture of the age when it was designed, was doomed to destruction, during the late alterations in the chapel; and its ancient glass, mullions, &c. were to be supplanted by new modern glass, painted by Forest from a design by West. It is hoped this plan will be abolished; for though every real admirer of historical painting must prefer a design of Mr. West's to any thing ever yet seen on glass; yet we must all wish to see such delineations preserved as pictures, and not cut to pieces, and subdivided by lead, stone, and iron, for windows. Painted glass is, in its office and quality, a secondary, or subordinate object to architecture. Hence the subjects for it should only be single objects, or groups of small figures, to be comprised between the mullions. Whenever the latter are sacrificed to the former, taste is offended, and propriety violated. However we may admire Mr. West's designs in the great east window of the choir, and in those of the ailes, we should be more gratified were the same executed on canvas, by his own hand, and the windows occupied with their original mullions, &c. Plate IX. Shews a niche with its elegant arched head, and the panelling and dressings above it, &c. In this niche is a small aperture, shaped like a pointed arched window, and filled with mullions and tracery. Beneath the arch is a tomb, having three shields of arms enclosed in quatrefoil tracery. This is generally said to be the tomb of Bishop Beauchamp, but such opinion has already been refuted. In the centre of one of the compartments of the ceiling, at the east end of this aile, are two small figures, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765176
  • 9781236765178