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The Poetry of Architecture Or, the Architecture of the Nations of Europe Considered in its Association with Natural Scenery and National Character   By: (1819-1900)

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN RUSKIN

VOLUME I

POETRY OF ARCHITECTURE

SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE

[Illustration: J. Ruskin]

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN RUSKIN

POETRY OF ARCHITECTURE SEVEN LAMPS MODERN PAINTERS

VOLUME I

NATIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NEW YORK, CHICAGO

THE POETRY OF ARCHITECTURE;

OR,

THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE NATIONS OF EUROPE CONSIDERED IN ITS ASSOCIATION WITH NATURAL SCENERY AND NATIONAL CHARACTER.

CONTENTS.

PAGE INTRODUCTION 1

PART I. THE COTTAGE.

I. THE LOWLAND COTTAGE ENGLAND AND FRANCE 7

II. THE LOWLAND COTTAGE ITALY 15

III. THE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE SWITZERLAND 25

IV. THE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE WESTMORELAND 35

V. A CHAPTER ON CHIMNEYS 45

VI. THE COTTAGE CONCLUDING REMARKS 57

PART II. THE VILLA.

I. THE MOUNTAIN VILLA LAGO DI COMO 67

II. THE MOUNTAIN VILLA LAGO DI COMO (CONTINUED) 80

III. THE ITALIAN VILLA (CONCLUDED) 94

IV. THE LOWLAND VILLA ENGLAND 104

V. THE ENGLISH VILLA PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION 113

VI. THE BRITISH VILLA. PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION. (THE CULTIVATED, OR BLUE COUNTRY, AND THE WOODED, OR GREEN COUNTRY) 126

VII. THE BRITISH VILLA. PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION. (THE HILL, OR BROWN COUNTRY) 145

LIST OF PLATES.

Facing Page Fig. 1. Old Windows; from an early sketch by the Author 13

" 2. Italian Cottage Gallery, 1846 20

Cottage near la Cité, Val d'Aosta, 1838 21

" 3. Swiss Cottage, 1837. (Reproduced from the Architectural Magazine) 28

" 4. Cottage near Altorf, 1835 29

" 5. Swiss Châlet Balcony, 1842 32

" 6. The Highest House in England, at Malham 42

" 7. Chimneys. (Eighteen sketches redrawn from the Architectural Magazine) 48

" 8. Coniston Hall, from the Lake near Brantwood, 1837. (Reproduced from the Architectural Magazine) 50

" 9. Chimney at Neuchatel; Dent du Midi and Mont Blanc in the distance 20

" 10. Petrarch's Villa, Arquà, 1837. (Redrawn from the Architectural Magazine) 98

" 11. Broken Curves. (Three diagrams, redrawn from the Architectural Magazine) 101

" 12. Old English Mansion, 1837. (Reproduced from the Architectural Magazine) 116

" 13. Windows. (Three designs, reproduced from the Architectural Magazine) 122

" 14. Leading Lines of Villa Composition. (Diagram redrawn from the Architectural Magazine) 164

PREFATORY NOTES.

Of this work Mr. RUSKIN says in his Autobiography: "The idea had come into my head in the summer of '37, and, I imagine, rose immediately out of my sense of the contrast between the cottages of Westmoreland and those of Italy. Anyhow, the November number of Loudon's Architectural Magazine for 1837 opens with 'Introduction to the Poetry of Architecture; or the Architecture of the Nations of Europe considered in its Association with Natural Scenery and National Character,' by Kata Phusin. I could not have put in fewer, or more inclusive words, the definition of what half my future life was to be spent in discoursing of; while the nom de plume I chose, 'ACCORDING TO NATURE,' was equally expressive of the temper in which I was to discourse alike on that, and every other subject. The adoption of a nom de plume at all implied (as also the concealment of name on the first publication of 'Modern Painters') a sense of a power of judgment in myself, which it would not have been becoming in a youth of eighteen to claim... Continue reading book >>




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