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English Metal Work free pdf Excerpt from English Metal Work: Ninety-Three Drawings Among the many little-known collections in the British Museum is a very large series of drawings, bound in thirteen folios, and a number of smaller volumes, by William Twopeny, presented by his brother and executor in 1874. They are all drawings of architecture, furniture, woodwork and ironwork, made from buildings in various parts of England during the first half of the last century. They were made from the point of view of an enthusiastic antiquary, with knowledge and discrimination. Their value as a record is therefore great, and it is increased by the fact that much which is recorded by them has since disappeared. But their value as drawings is also considerable. The entire self-effacement of the draughtsman, merely bent on recording with loving precision the beauty made by English builders and craftsmen in the past, is in itself so artistic a quality that these unpretentious studies give one far more pleasure than those of similar subjects by much more famous hands. Drawings of this class are liable to two dangers. When made by architects they are always apt to be bald and cold and tame- when made by painters, they incline to sacrifice overmuch to the picturesque. I am not now speaking of the work of such artists as Piranesi and Meryon, where architecture has been made the material of splendid imaginative design. I mean rather the work, produced so copiously in England towards the end of the eighteenth century and in the beginning of the nineteenth, the professed end of which was a record of the building drawn. Every one knows how this patient draughtsman's work was transformed by Girtin and Turner, in whom the designer's instinct soon overcame the methods of the mere delineator. From that time the drawing of architecture branched off into two lines: that so profusely illustrated by the picturesque pencil of men like Prout and Nash, and that continued to our day by professional architects. Only one or two men, hampered by no public, because working for their own pleasure, produced drawings neither bald nor picturesque, nor disabled by the effort at a compromise between two ends. Such were the studies of Ruskin. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : William Twopeny
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331933439
EAN : 9781331933434
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 184 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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