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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A.W.N. Pugin

Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum, Retrieved 27 September Whilst working on designs for the interiors of the Palace in Pugin also published his celebrated ‘Contrasts’, a book which makes an extended comparison between the Gothic architecture which he loved and the buildings of the early nineteenth century which he deplored.

Augustineafter whom he thought himself named. Much of his influence in design came after his death in “as a result of elaborate carved furniture made in his idiom by J. Barry was not an etcher. No design had been sent in under Pugin’s name, but it was well known that he had assisted one of the competitors, Gillespie Graham. Even today if you ask someone what a church should look like, they’ll describe a Gothic building with pointed windows and arches.

Non-Anglicans could not attend a university, for example, or serve on parish or city councils, be a member of Parliament, serve in the armed forces, or even serve on a jury. Pugin’s best-known work is the Houses of Parliament fromwhich he worked on throughout his career.


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Pugin is often described as the foremost architect of the nineteenth century. Meanwhile Pugin began a regular architectural practice.

Archived from the original on 22 December Pugin reached the height of his influence between and Following his conversion to Roman Catholicism inhe established his reputation with Contrastswherein he attributed the artistic decline to the change of religion in the Reformation; as an architect he worked chiefly within a Catholic milieu.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. At twenty-six years old, he had already been widowed and remarried for two years. The detailed knowledge that Pugin acquired of actual examples of Scottish medieval joinery in this way would immediately inform the decoration of two Gothic libraries at Duns Castle in Berwickshire and Taymouth Castle in Perthshire for both of which he supplied designs.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Aufustus good men that is, Christians, and more specifically, Catholics build good buildings that is, Gothic ones; classical buildings are pagan.

Between and Pugin enjoyed a growing architectural practice. His major works of this period directly exemplify this. For both artists the drawings were a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Alert Your session is about to expire! 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.


The design is very close to earlier zugustus by Pugin, including an unbuilt scheme for Scarisbrick HallLancashire. PuginNotes on Dr.

John’s Hospital, Alton, Staffordshire He saw something deeper in it. Scott ; Stanton ; Jane Turner.

With regard to the working drawings prepared after the competition, upgin witness, including Sir Charles Barry, acknowledges that the detail drawings all came from Pugin’s hand; and when it is considered how largely the effect of that building is due to its details, no critic will deny to Pugin an all-important share in the credit of the completed work cf. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that northmoee can fully understand their context. Christian or Gothic architecture is “the only correct expression of the faith, wants, and climate of our country … whilst we profess the creed of Christians, whilst we glory in northmkre Englishmen, let us have an architecture, the arrangement and details of which alike remind us of our faith and our country.

Puginhe was one of the key personalities of the Gothic Revival. London, city, capital of the United Kingdom.