Taylor, Cresy, The Architectural Antiquities of Rome
Excerpt from The Architectural Antiquities of Rome, Vol. 1: These Columns differ only three inches in height, but vary considerably in their proportions, and in the height of their pedestals.
Based on detailed measurements of Roman monuments by the authors assisted by the architect John Sanders (1768–1826), who had been Soane’s first pupil, and by his draughtsman William Purser junior (fl. 1805–1834), Taylor and Cresy’s work was intended as a Roman counterpart to Stuart and Revett’s influential four-volume The antiquities of Athens, 1762–1816 (q.v.), containing detailed shaded and outline engravings of ornamental details of some fifteen major monuments. Published initially in parts between June 1821 and September 1822 with complete copies priced at 18 guineas (24 guineas with the plates on India paper), it was not a commercial success, appearing as it did at the height of the mania for Grecian ornament and the beginning of the new gothic fashion. With a three-page list of subscribers in vol. I
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