|William Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley.
Polychromatic Decoration as Applied to Buildings in the Medieval Styles. London: H. Sotheran & Co., 1882.
The architectural movement known as the Gothic Revival began around the 1730s in England. It gained popularity during the nineteenth century with the growing nostalgia for the Middle Ages, an era romanticized as an idyllic age of chivalry in the popular novels of Sir Walter Scott and Horace Walpole. Although early Gothic Revival buildings tended to be frivolous and ornamental, by the mid-nineteenth century the English began to view Gothic as a national style.
Despite a century of enthusiasm for the Gothic
Revival, William and George Audsley were able to claim in their introduction
to Polychromatic Decoration as Applied to Buildings in the Medieval
Styles that it was the first pattern book devoted to the painted
decoration of medieval-style buildings. As evidence of the continuing
popularity of the medieval aesthetic at the end of the nineteenth century,
the book was an immediate success and the Audsleys’ designs became models
for wallpaper and stencils used in both private homes and public buildings.
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