in Westminster-abbey, erected by the Countess of Oxford, his daughter. The cumbent figure is not the worst of Bird's works.
At Lord Oxford's auction was sold his copy of the Faun.
Bird died in 1731, aged sixty-four.
belongs only to this work in a light that is by no means advantageous to him. He wants all the merits of his writings to protect him from the censure due to his designs. 2 What Pope said of his comedies is much more applicable to his buildings—
"How Van wants grace!"
Grace! He wanted eyes, he wanted all ideas of proportion, convenience, propriety. He undertook vast designs, and composed heaps of littleness. The style of no age, no country, appears in his works; he broke through all rule, and compensated for it by no imagination. He seems to have hollowed quarries rather than to have built houses; and should his edifices, as they seem formed to do, outlast all record, what architecture will posterity think was that of their ancestors ? The laughers, his contemporaries, said, that having been confined in the Bastilc, he had drawn his notions of building from that fortified dungeon. 3 That a____________________