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Gottfried Semper. London Writings 1850–1855

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A critical edition of German architect Gottfried Semper’s writings from London.  

Gottfried Semper left behind a voluminous legacy of writings on the theory of architecture. The manner through which Semper analyzed architecture from a cultural-historical perspective as the key discipline in human artistry continues to rouse deep fascination. London Writings makes available previously unpublished or little-known texts that originate from Semper’s exile in London from 1850 to 1855 in a critical and commentated edition. Deeply impressed by the first Great Exhibition of 1851, it was in London that Semper laid the foundations for his theoretical magnum opus Der Stil. This work includes Semper’s theories regarding the global development of architectural culture in its manifold material, social and political conditions. 

700 pages | 50 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Architecture: European Architecture, History of Architecture

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Table of Contents


Lessons and Recommendation as Architect
School of Architecture and Engineering
Lessons in Architecture and Drawing

A Foreign Architect’s Views of the Building
The Great Exhibition
Letters on the Great Exhibition
Notes on Exhibits
Outline of a Cultural-Historical Exhibition

On the Study of Polychromy, and its Revival
On the Origin of Polychromy in Architecture

Report on the Private Collection of Arms at Windsor Castle
Berlin Productions of Plastical Art, Metal Casts, Plaster Casts
Observations on Some of the Specimens of Metal Work
A Plan of Instruction for the Metal and Furniture Classes
First Report on the Class for Practical Construction, Architecture,
and Plastic Decoration
Second Report on the Class for Practical Construction, Architecture,
and Plastic Decoration

Prospectuses of the Lectures on Art
On the Relations of the Different Branches of Industrial Art to Each Other
and to Architecture
General Remarks on the Different Styles in Art
The Ancient Practice of Wall Coating and Tubular Construction
Classification of Vessels
On Vessel Parts
Influence of the Materials and their Treatments upon the Development
of Ceramic Types and Style
On Timber Construction, and its Influence upon the Development
of Architectural Forms
The Combined Action of the Four Preceding Branches of Industry in Architecture
On Architectural Symbols
On the Relation of Architectural Systems with the General Cultural Conditions
Explanation of the Expression of Spatial Arrangements in Architecture

London Lothar Bucher
German Studio for Architects and Engineers in London Richard Wagner
Submissions for the Great Exhibition Franz Georg Stammann
List of Books for Customs Gottfried Semper
British Museum Library Call Slips Gottfried Semper
Appointment Letter from the Department of Practical Art Walter Ruding Deverell
Principles and Practice of Ornamental Art Applied to Furniture, Metals,
Jewellery, and Enamels Henry Cole


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