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Briggs, Martin S.

Men of taste from Pharaoh to Ruskin.

New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons (and London, B.T.Batsford Ltd) 1947.

Reference: 13645
Price: £12 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. viii + 232pp, 52 photo ills on plates, also text ills. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper (the wrapper slightly chipped at head and foot of spine).

The twenty-three chapters in this book each deal with a patron or patrons of architecture and the arts, beginning with Rameses II and ending with Ruskin and Morris. Most of those featured are the usual suspects – Justinian, Cosimo de Medici, Pope Julius II, Louis XIV of Francis, Lord Burlington, Napoleon, Prince Albert – but the chapter on William of Wykeham, debunking claims that Wykeham was himself an architect, is properly evidence-based, and the chapter on Lord Grimthorpe, predating Ferriday’s biography, was pioneering in its day.