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Wightwick, George

The palace of architecture : a romance of art and history.

London, James Fraser 1840.

Reference: 14133
Price: £75 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. xx + 219 + (1)pp, hand-coloured litho map, (37) engraved plates (irregularly numbered to 66, including frontispiece, the omitted numbers relating to the head-pieces in the text), 30 engraved headpieces, also 143 text woodcut ills. Contemporary quarter calf, cloth sides renewed, slight split to one joint of spine towards foot. Some worming at lower gutter towards end of volume. Ink presentation inscription dated 13 June 1873 from G.W.Harrison, Rotherham, Yorks., to W.J.O’Neill Daunt, Kilcascan Castle (O’Neill Daunt, an Irish Nationalist politician, had been MP (Liberal) for Mallow 1832-3). Twentieth century bookplate of Eamonn O’Higgins.

A substantial volume by the Plymouth-based architect George Wighwick (1802-1872), in his youth briefly a pupil in the office of Sir John Soane. Its aim was to introduce his readers to the various styles of architecture by guiding them round the grounds of an imaginary royal palace, in which there are surrounding buildings in every architectural style from Egyptian to Neo-Classical. The architecture of the palace itself, designed in a mongrel classical style, is rather a let-down, but there are effective designs for other buildings in Egyptian, Greek, Gothic and Islamic styles, and a group of designs towards the end of the volume are in the manner of Wightwick’s old master Sir John Soane. BAL Cat 3634.