Tarbuck, Edward L.
A popular account of the styles of architecture; their rise, progress, and present condition.
London, J. Hagger 1855.
8vo. (4)+80pp. Publisher’s cloth, extremities a little rubbed, one corner bumped.
Tarbuck’s prize-winning essay for the “Institute Medal” of the RIBA, in which he aims to explain the history of architecture and the various styles in simple terms for a general audience. It is interesting for Tarbuck’s strong opinions about individual architectural styles (he prefers Greek to Gothic), and in its final chapter, ‘The present state of architecture’, he rails against the inability of contemporary British architects to do anything other than slavishly copy the styles of the past.