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The English Journey: Journal of a Visit to France and Britain in 1826 (Hardback)

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

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ISBN 10: 0300041179 / ISBN 13: 9780300041170
Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 1993
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1826 the great German architect Friedrich Schinkel traveled to England and Scotland, visiting not only the usual tourist attractions but also the factories, bridges, and warehouses that were under construction at the time. He kept a journal in which he mused about Britain, its inhabitants, and its architecture, and he sketched the buildings and machinery he found interesting. This book contains the first complete translation into English of Schinkel s journal as well as the drawings he made while he was traveling. The journal is important for several reasons. It marks a crucial point in Schinkel s career, for it represents the beginning of his serious involvement with the new technologies that provided him with ideas for his later architecture. At the same time the journal gives a unique picture of Regency Britain as seen by a foreign architect. Sites that no longer exist in London, Oxford, Edinburgh, as well as in the potteries, the Menai straits, and the industrial towns and workshops of northern Britain, are recreated here through Schinkel s discussions and drawings, among the very few surviving records of the face of Britain at that time. The journal, which is accompanied by a full introduction and critical and explanatory notes, is part travelogue and part cultural critique. It sheds new light on British life during an important phase in the country s history. N° de réf. du libraire BZV9780300041170

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Titre : The English Journey: Journal of a Visit to ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In 1826 the great German architect, Schinkel, paid a visit to France and Britain and this is the complete translation into English of the journal that he kept on his travels. It also includes reproductions of all of the drawings that he made of buildings, machinery or workshops that he thought to be of interest. The visit to Britain was of the highest importance in Schinkel's career. It represents the beginning of his serious involvement with new technologies and gave him innumerable ideas for his later architecture. At the same time the journal gives a vivid and pungent response to what was to him a new and fascinating society. As well as visiting the obvious tourist sites in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, he was particularly fascinated by industrial and technological developments in the potteries, the Menai straits, and the industrial towns and workshops of northern Britain of which his drawings are among the very few surviving records. The journal is valuable not only as a record of the responses of a great architect to new experiences, but also for the light it sheds on British life at a critical phase in its history. Schinkel was able to see, discuss and often illustrate buildings that are now lost without trace. The editors provide a full introduction, and critical and explanatory notes to the text of the journal itself.

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