A reply to observations which appeared in “Fraser’s Magazine”, for March 1837, of a work entitled “Contrasts”. By the author of that publication.
London, printed for the author 1837.
8vo. 16pp. Recent wrappers. Ownership stamp of the library of St.Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, on verso of title leaf (the Abbey church was designed by Pugin and built on a site adjacent to Pugin’s own house).
First and only edition. A rare pamphlet, printed for private distribution, in which Pugin responds in a typically feisty manner to criticisms of his then recently published book Contrasts made in an article in Fraser’s Magazine by the architectural critic W.H.Leeds. In it he explains the motivation behind his conversion to the Roman Catholic church, criticises Thomas Hope as being “exceedingly ignorant of liturgical knowledge”, justifies his contention that Gothic architecture in England was brought to an end by the Reformation, and rejects various specific criticisms by Leeds of passages in Contrasts. BAL Cat 2673.