This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (–) and the event is being celebrated in numerous. Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (–52). English architect and polemicist, the son of A. C. Pugin, he was one of the key personalities of the Gothic Revival. His importance lies not only in his virtual creation of the major style of the l9th century, Neo-Gothic, which was a fundamental re-creation and not a pastiche, but .

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RamsgateKentEngland. Archived from the original on 24 January Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. The tie between him and Barry was their cordial admiration of the English development of Gothic, and their zeal to produce the finest National Works. In he left Salisbury[21] having found it an inconvenient base for his growing architectural practice.

Marie’s, Derby —where Pugin achieved a sense of soaring verticality in the interior through the use of scale and an exaggerated proportion between height and width, accentuated by tall arcades of bare stonework. Limerick, in Ireland, and the restorations at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire. This site uses cookies. Ferrey, Benjamin, Recollections of A.

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His ordinary costume was that of a pilot, and, but for his hatred of beer and tobacco, he might have been taken for one. Pugin’s best-known work is the Houses of Parliament fromwhich he worked on throughout his career. Suggested reading — a detailed article about an influential architect. Don’t have a personal account yet? His importance lies not only in auugustus virtual creation of the major style of the l9th century, Neo-Gothic, which was a fundamental re-creation and not a pastiche, but in his deliberate approach to design and function.


Wilfrid, Hulme, near Manchester, St. Retrieved 20 March Pugin’s propaganda campaign began with the publication, at his own expense—since it was too controversial for a commercial publisher—of his intemperate Contrasts ; 2d ed.

As a landscape artist in water-colour he displayed appreciable skill.

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In such work a man of his originality could hardly pugkn acted as a mere copyist; and it may therefore be concluded that he had at least a share at this stage in the elegance and artistic merit which won for Barry’s design the first place in the competition. If you belong to such an institution please Log In.

This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Mary’s Cathedral in KillarneySt. His work culminated in designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster in WestminsterLondonEngland and its iconic clock tower, later renamed the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the bell known as Big Ben.

Pugin’s architectural career started in with the construction of his own house St. Reblogged this on Windows into History Reblogs and News and commented: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin”.

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The chief portrait of Nortumore is the oil-painting by J. In Februarynorthmre travelling with his son Edward by train, Pugin suffered a total breakdown and arrived in London unable to recognise anyone or speak coherently. Why on earth should an architect in early Victorian Britain feel the need to apologise for encouraging the revival of Gothic architecture, particularly when the scales are weighted in its favour by singling Gothic out as the only logical style for people of any religious faith and by calling it Christian.


King’s College London was shown from an unflatteringly skewed angle, while Christ Church, Oxfordwas edited to avoid showing its famous Tom Tower because that was by Christopher Wren and so not medieval.

There puhin nothing speculative in his mind: Pugin catches all these details as well as the filigree spire. It was a contrast Pugin attributed to the relative decline in religious faith and the abandonment of the Gothic style after the Reformation.

From until his death, he designed many churches and houses as well as designing their furnishings. Contrasts was published at a time of religious revival. They range from small parish churches such welbg St. Archived from the original on 14 February Crace, the decorative artist, who was engaged in much of the work at the houses of parliament, was associated with Pugin in the carrying out of many of his designs for interiors, such as Eastnor Castle, Leighton Hall, near Liverpool, and Abney Hall.

Retrieved 19 March In he made, for the first time, a tour in Italy.

Augsutus was of moderate stature, rather thick set, with a heavy complexion, high brow, and keen grey eyes. When he arrived in London he was disorientated, incoherent and confused.

Church, State, and Art all coincide through the work and presence of these figures: In Stephen, Leslie ; Lee, Sidney. Inat the age of 19, Pugin married the first of his three wives, Anne Garnet. It is a wonderful medieval town, which must have delighted him.