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A Commerce of Taste: Church Architecture in Canada, by Barry Magrill

By Barry Magrill

In the late-nineteenth century the stream of development books that includes medieval church structure in England facilitated an extraordinary unfold of Gothic revival church buildings in Canada. attractive numerous topics round the unfold of print tradition, faith, and payment, A trade of style info the company of church development. Drawing upon formal architectural research and cultural thought, Barry Magrill exhibits how trend books provide a special means of learning the relationships among style, ideology, privilege, social swap, and economics. flavor was once an idea used to legitimize British - and to an quantity Anglican - privilege, whereas different denominations resisted their aesthetic edicts. development books finally misplaced regulate of the exclusivity linked to flavor as advances in printing expertise and transatlantic transport introduced extra books into and readerships accelerated past the pro sessions. by way of the early 20th century style had develop into diluted, the architect had misplaced his heroic prestige, and architectural differences between denominations have been much less obvious. Drawing jointly the background of church construction and the wider styles of Canadian social and historic improvement, A trade of flavor provides another viewpoint at the unfold of spiritual monuments in Canada via having a look squarely at development books as assets of social clash round the factor of taste.

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Compared to British books, the US pattern book format allowed for more self-aggrandizement and the general marketing of church-building as an unapologetic commercial endeavour. Ambivalent to relationships between commerce and religion, the Ecclesiological (formerly, Cambridge Camden) Society in Britain generally applauded the cruciform layout and the exterior ornament at Christ Church, as supervised in construction by Thomas Seaton Scott (1836–1895) after Frank Wills’s premature death. Concerning itself very little with economic matters, the society was a learned organization formed by industrious undergraduates at Cambridge University in 1839 to promote and study Gothic Revival architecture.

Concerning itself very little with economic matters, the society was a learned organization formed by industrious undergraduates at Cambridge University in 1839 to promote and study Gothic Revival architecture. Through the quarterly publication of their Ecclesiologist (1841– 68) journal, as well as a series of inexpensive pamphlets entitled A Few Words to Churchbuilders…, the editors advised their membership of seven hundred architects, clergymen, and enthusiasts on matters of architectural taste.

Depicting a series of architectural details, including foliated capitals, tile patterns, and carved ornament, the book marketed history as a dynamic field of representations of knowledge. Publishers keen to present the full spectrum of progressive-to-conservative church designs as a form of cultivated education created books that appeared to be expensive, bound editions of hand-pulled etchings. In fact the contrary was true; the church pattern books produced after 1840 tended to use cheaper lithographic technology even though the imagery of churches in the books still contained the fine hatch lines associated with hand-pulled etchings.

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