Arrowsmith, Henry William / The house decorator and painter's guide; containing a series of designs for decorating apartments, suited to the various styles of architecture
Plate XXV-XXVI ["Elizabethan style"], pp. 52-Plate XXVI ff.
52 Plate XXV. This plate is a design for the side of a library in the Elizabethan style. It will be desirable, if expense be not an objection, to use wainscot in the execution of the work, or the old oak carvings may be imitated in deal, which, when stained and waxed, will have a handsome appearance. If the ornaments in the upper part of the design be carved in separate blocks, they may be easily fixed afterwards, and that plan will facilitate the execution of the work. The Elizabethan style admits of a great variety and strength of colouring, but in the design here presented to the reader, it will be desirable to confine the colour to that of the wainscot, as any decoration which approaches in the slightest degree to gaudiness, is unfit for a library. Plate XXVI. D E T A I L S. Figure 1. Is an enlarged view of the upper half of the pillar, archi- volt, spandril, frieze, architrave, and cornice of the design, represented in Plate XXV. Figure 2. Is an enlarged view of one half of the pediment ornament. Figure 3. Is the base and pedestal of the columns to a large scale. Figure 4. Is an enlarged view of one of the panels and ornaments to the lower part of the design. These details are introduced, not merely to enable the workman to execute the design to which they refer, but also to assist others in preparing modifica- tions of our design, which may be easily so altered as to appear altogether different, the leading characters being preserved. The student will find this a useful exercise.
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