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Apostle of Taste - Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 (Paperback, New edition)
Apostle of Taste - Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 (Paperback, New edition): David Schuyler

Apostle of Taste - Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 (Paperback, New edition)

David Schuyler

Series: Creating the North American Landscape

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In June 1849, a writer who had just moved to a new community described its buildings as completely devoid of architectural taste. "Is there no way of instilling some rudiments of taste into the minds of dwellers in remote country places?" the writer asked the editor of the Horticulturist, a popular magazine devoted to improving rural art and taste. Andrew Jackson Downing, the editor, replied by ordaining this correspondent an "apostle of taste" and charged him with the responsibility of providing examples of architectural and landscape design worthy of imitation by other Americans. This was Downing's mission as well. Apostle of Taste is the first full-length biography of Downing, the horticulturist, landscape gardener, and prolific writer on architecture who, more than any other individual, shaped middle-class taste in the United States in the two decades prior to the Civil War. Through his books and the pages of the Horticulturist, Downing preached a gospel of taste that promoted the modern or natural style of landscape design over the formal and geometric arrangements that were the hallmark of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century gardens. Together with his longtime collaborator, architect Alexander Jackson Davis, he contributed to the revolution in American architectural taste from the universality of the classical revival to Gothic, Italianate, bracketed, and other romantic or picturesque styles. Downing celebrated this progression from classic to romantic not simply as a change in stylistic preference but also as a reflection of the nation's evolution from a pioneer condition to a more advanced state of civilization. In this compelling biography, illustrated with more than 100 drawings, plans, and photographs, David Schuyler explores the origins of Downing's ideas in English aesthetic theory and his efforts to "adapt" English designs to the different climate and republican social institutions of the United States. Schuyler traces the impulse toward an American architectural style in Downing's work, demonstrates the influence of Downing's ideas on the appropriate design of homes and gardens, and analyzes the complications of class implicit in Downing's prescriptions for American society. "Schuyler's excellent study of Downing's writings and career, complete with excellent illustrations and an extensive, annotated bibliography, will serve as one major starting point for future studies."--Winterthur Portfolio


Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Creating the North American Landscape
Release date: October 1999
Authors: David Schuyler
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-8018-6257-1
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > Individual architects
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > Landscape art & architecture
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > Landscape art & architecture > General
Books > Biography > General
LSN: 0-8018-6257-4
Barcode: 9780801862571

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