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
Preface, pp. [iii]-iv
iv elegant, lively, and festive style, is se~en in the various ruins of Hercu- laneum and Pompeii. It is not unusual to see Gothic ornaments introduced and intermixed with those more properly appertaining to the Elizabethan period; a practice contrary to propriety and reason; and frequently in the same edifice, even in those laying claim to taste, we see the different styles of Gothic, from the early Saxon to the more depraved 'Henry the Eighth's, mingled together, and forming an indescribable mass, alike discreditable to the possessor and designer. The same remarks will apply with equal force to the union of the pure Greek and Roman,--that of the Cinque Cento; and Gothic specimens of the ill-assorted union are to be found even in Italy. It will be one of the objects of this work to remedy the evil which has rendered those of the present day so defective, by placing before the decorator efficient designs, gathered from authorities., It will also be attempted, by a careful development of the principles of the pic- turesque as applied to decoration, with respect to form, light, shade,, and colour, to bring a better character and taste into the style of the present day. Efforts will also be made to define the ornaments and attributes of Gothic and Elizabethan decoration, as well as those of the French styles, and to remove the mistaken notion that our forefathers inhabited rooms in which colour and every other principle was superseded by the universal use of oak panelling. The plates will be accompanied with explanatory remarks, containing the origin, utility, and properties of the different ornaments; and will serve to expedite and assist the workman in the execution of the design.
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