Norman Architecture: Containing Forty-Eight Full-Page Ill. Reproduced from Photographs

Norman Architecture: Containing Forty-Eight Full-Page Ill. Reproduced from Photographs

Norman Architecture: Containing Forty-Eight Full-Page Ill. Reproduced from Photographs

Norman Architecture: Containing Forty-Eight Full-Page Ill. Reproduced from Photographs

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This series of books was designed for the amateur, with the object of supplying in the simplest language that general information demanded by innate appreciation. The need for some such series of handbooks has been shown by the favourable reception accorded by critics and the public to the five volumes that have appeared, the gratifying demand for which has already promoted two of them to a second edition.

I have always felt a keen joy in the art of architecture, and in my opinion the architect is an artist whose work is as full of expression as is that of the most skilled decorator who serves him. In proportion, perspective, line and mass, he visualizes universal truths, and seals them so clearly with the stamp of a strong individuality that they stimulate imagination and awaken the emotions. As a child, my favourite playground was the Close in my native city -- Nature's unrivalled setting, wherein the dazzling beauty of an English cathedral is enhanced by the fields, and trees, and grassy swards which surround it, and, maybe, by the river which skirts them on this side or that. Why I liked to look at the cathedral I neither knew nor cared; it just pleased me, and children ask neither more nor less of life. Under the great vaulted roof I was equally happy and equally indifferent to logic, until I first began to feel that desire to grow up which is the actual starting-point of education. Hitherto I had been content to listen to the endless store of fairy-tales which the building was ever ready to relate, but now I became more exacting.

'Tell me how you came to be here,' I said to the arches, walls, and columns; 'tell me how you live; tell me something real.'

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