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This book concentrated on the late-fifteenth and sixteenth-century domestic work of antique-inspired architects such as Vignola and Peruzzi, though more recent work was also included. Behind their choice and representation of ornament lay the engraved work of GB Piranesi and the fluent watercolours of ancient buildings and of ruins, often imaginary, by Charles-Louis Clérisseau who had taught draughtsmanship and water-colour technique to both Chambers and Adam. Like Adam's publications of the 1770s, it was a polemical work in which they promoted their new style in text and illustration, including house elevations, views of interiors, details of doors, and views of gardens. Though the carved fragments may be of antique inspiration, they are shown in modern, that is Renaissance, loggias or gardens. Their seductive images of antique architecture seen as ornament proved so successful that the book, reprinted in 1810 and 1830, replaced eighteenth-century books of ornament for craftsmen.
|Height||210.00 mm||(8.27 inches)|
|Width||184.00 mm||(7.24 inches)|