The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin: Volume I: 1830-1842 by A. W. N. PuginThe Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin: Volume I: 1830-1842 by A. W. N. Pugin

The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin: Volume I: 1830-1842

byA. W. N. PuginEditorMargaret Belcher

Hardcover | May 1, 2001

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The importance of A. W. N. Pugin (1812-52) in the history of the Gothic Revival, in the development of ecclesiology, in the origins of the Arts and Crafts movement, and in architectural theory is incontestable. A leading British architect who was also a designer of furniture, silver,textiles, stained glass, and jewellery, he is one of the most significant figures of the mid-nineteenth century and one of the greatest designers. His correspondence is important because it provides more insight into the man and more information about his work than any other source. It cuts a cross-section through early Victorian society: his correspondents range from earls and bishops to painters and tradesmen. The letters illuminate majorpublic events like the Oxford Movement, the (Roman) Catholic revival, and the Great Exhibition of 1851. They are vigorous, direct, often witty and provide an invaluable source for architectural and religio-historical research. Dr Belcher's very thorough research generally transforms what has oftenbeen a blank area, drawing together many sources. By 1842, when this volume ends, Pugin is established in his career. He has written books, designed buildings, found his faith, and made himself known.
Margaret Belcher is at University of Canterbury.
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Title:The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin: Volume I: 1830-1842Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198173911

ISBN - 13:9780198173915

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Table of Contents

IntroductionLetters1830 to 1835; 1836 to 1839; 1840; January to June 1841; July to December 1841; 1842

Editorial Reviews

`Margaret Belcher's bibliography of Pugin's work, published in 1987, was invaluable, and her editing of his Letters ... will place many more students and scholars further in her debt. Perhaps only those who have tried to read Pugin's extraordinary handwriting can truly appreciate the scale ofher achievement. In the style of her subject, she has taken on alone an enterprise that might easily have occupied a whole team.'Rosemary Hill, TLS