God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain

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God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill.pdf

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Descriptions : p Pugin was one of Britains greatest architects and his short career one of the most dramatic in architectural history Born in the son of the soi disant Comte de Pugin at Pugin was working for King George IV at Windsor Castle By the time he was he had been shipwrecked bankrupted and widowed Nineteen years later he died insane and disillusioned having changed the face and the mind of British architecture Pugins bohemian early career as an antique dealer and scenery designer at Covent Garden came to a sudden end with a series of devastating bereavements including the loss of his first wife in childbirth In the aftermath he formed a vision of Gothic architecture that was both romantic and deeply religious He became a Catholic and in ublished Contrasts the first architectural manifesto It called on the th century to reform its cities if it wanted to save its soul Once launched Pugins career was torrential Before he was he had designed churches three cathedrals half a dozen extraordinary houses and a Cistercian monastery For eight years he worked with Charles Barry on the Palace of Westminster creating its sumptuous interiors the House of Lords and the clock Big Ben that became one of Britains most famous landmarks He was the first architect designer to cater for the middle classesroducing everything from plant pots to wallpaper and early flat pack furniture Gods Architect is the first full modern biography of this extraordinary figure It draws on thousands of unpublished letters and drawings to recreate his life and work as architectropagandist and romantic artist as well as the turbulent story of his three marriages the bitterness of his last years and his sudden death at It is the debut of a remarkable historian and biographer










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