Architect: Edward Blore

The Pursuit of Gothic

The Pursuit of Gothic

By Rosemary Hill

William Gilpin notoriously suggested that the ruins of Tintern Abbey could be improved by ‘a mallet judiciously used’. [1] The next generation saw in the architecture of the Middle Ages something more than an assortment of ornamental landscape features, but it did not begin to understand it. Uvedale Price, whose… Read More

Alternative Histories: Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk on Edward Blore

Alternative Histories: Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk on Edward Blore

It is the lightness which attracts attention. The simple elegance of the wooden sticks bound together by ropes. Or are they flexible twigs? Yet the lightness is the effect of force. The tangible tension in the moment where two of the thinnest branches remain in place through both bending towards… Read More

Simplification

Simplification

By Niall Hobhouse and Nicholas Olsberg

The first of these short excursions into work on paper looked at how drawings were used to place built forms in their settings. Grounded in traditions of illustration, they were spacious, suggestive and pictorial. Architects draw to many purposes. In Part II, on Simplification, we turn from the arts of… Read More