By David Theodore Fyfe
First released in 1942, Theodore Fyfe's publication on Cambridge structure was once written to 'enable the customer to Cambridge to grasp the price of the city and college for illustrating the series of kinds in English architecture'. together with over fifty drawings of either well-known and lesser-known Cambridge architectural attractions, and a word list giving transparent definitions of technical architectural phrases, the booklet continues to be a important advisor for the fashionable customer. The advent outlines the critical English architectural kinds, from Romanesque to Gothic to Renaissance, the sessions within which they flourished, and their major features. Fyfe then analyses over thirty chosen Cambridge examples intimately, together with an outline of the Perpendicular Gothic kind as exemplified on a grand scale by way of the world-famous King's university Chapel - 'the glory of Cambridge'.
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E. whether or not it has the vertical element introduced by columns or pilasters; as can be seen excellently at Downing College, designed by William Wilkins in 1806, where there are no Orders on the east and west ranges, except at their ends (Fig. 21). * If not a full entablature, at any rate a cornice (see Pis. XX, XXV and XXVII). 22 THE RECTILINEAR AND HORIZONTAL CHARACTER OF RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE The term 'curvilinear' has been used to define a main characteristic of Gothic architecture, because Gothic was primarily the style of the curved vault that was produced by the pointed arch; but if Gothic is curvilinear, it is also vertical, and reference to the outside of King's College Chapel will show the vertical element pronouncedly, while reference to the inside of the Chapel will show both curvilinear and vertical elements.
Worked by them with exquisite purity and a perfect * Certainly, for its date, the most remarkable work in Cambridge. The side to Tree Court has the round arch; with its Corinthianesque capitals at the imposts and its victories in the spandrels, it might almost be a provincial work of the time of Hadrian; but the side to Caius Court is finer in style. 32 sense of the appropriate form for each kind of moulding; the 'egg and tongue' and the 'bead and reel' for larger and smaller rounded mouldings respectively, the 'leaf and tongue' for a wavy moulding or 'cyma reversa', and the console or carved bracket for door and window heads and (later) cornice projections; these being the principal set forms, while friezes, keystones and other members of a building were enriched with larger and less restricted ornament, or with sculpture.
10. This phase of English architecture, that can be seen at Audley End and other large mansions of the period, dominated the last half of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth: after this time Classical details—at first timidly introduced—tended to make buildings more Renaissance than Mediaeval. The 'Brick Building' of Emmanuel College, however, built in 1633, is more Mediaeval than Renaissance; while the Fellows' Building at Clare College • 'Door if Window, South Range Fig.
Architecture in Cambridge: Examples of Architectural Styles from Saxon to Modern Times by David Theodore Fyfe