Record number 04/3190
Author Aikin, Edmund, 1780 - 1820
TitleAn Essay On The Doric Order Of Architecture, Containing A Historical View Of Its Rise And Progress Among The Ancients, With A Critical Investigation Of Its Principles Of Composition And Adaptation To Modern Use. Illustrated By Figures Of The Principal Antique Examples, Drawn To One Scale, From The Best Authorities, By Edmund Aikin, Architect.
ImprintLondon.:: Published By The London Architectural Society., 1810.
Physical Description[4], 23, [1] p., 7 pl. (1 fold.): 544 mm.
Content Format Note[T.p.] - Notice [advertisement by the London Architectural Society] - [Text]; [colophon] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe plates include 31 outline figures. The majority compare ancient examples of the Doric order, as recorded by Stuart and Revett, the Society of Dilettanti's 'Antiquities of Ionia', Wilkins's 'Magna Graecia' and Desgodetz, all drawn to the same scale (which is given on Plate I). In figures 21-23 Aikin offers his own suggestions for adaptating the order to modern situations. The Essay includes 'A Table of the Proportions of the Examples contained in the Plates'.
Responsibility NoteThe plates are unsigned.

Each plate carries the imprint of J. Taylor.

The colophon repeats the name of the printer, T. Bensley.
SubjectArchitecture, Greek - Doric order - Columns, Doric - History
Greek Revival - Great Britain - 19th century
Essays - Pattern books - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed, I (1994), 39.

J.M. Crook, The Greek Revival (rev. ed. 1995); J.S. Curl, Georgian architecture (1993); M. McMordie, 'Picturesque pattern books and pre-Victorian designers', in Architectural history, 18 (1975), p.44-60.
Binding Note19th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards; black morocco spine-label lettered 'Aikin's Essay On The Doric Order', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1810'.
ProvenancePresented by the London Architectural Society in 1811 (see RA Council Minutes, IV, 276).
Contributors Bensley, Thomas, 1759 - 1835, printer
Taylor, Josiah, 1761 - 1834, bookseller
London Architectural Society. publisher
Architectural Library (London). bookseller
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