This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (–) and the event is being celebrated in numerous. Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (–52). English architect and polemicist, the son of A. C. Pugin, he was one of the key personalities of the Gothic Revival. His importance lies not only in his virtual creation of the major style of the l9th century, Neo-Gothic, which was a fundamental re-creation and not a pastiche, but .

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Dictionary of Art Historians.

Augustus Pugin

This work established architectural criticism on an ethical basis. The stamp image depicts an interior view of the Palace of Westminster.

He saw something deeper in it. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

A.W.N. Pugin

Born in London on March 1,A. This claim was hardly substantiated; but it is probable that while Barry initiated the design—and he must in any case be allowed the whole credit of the arrangement of the plan—Pugin was called in as a skilled draughtsman to assist in the completion of Barry’s half-finished drawings.

Suggested reading — a detailed article about an influential architect. Bishop Wareing also invited Pugin to design what eventually became Northampton Cathedrala project that was completed in by Pugin’s son Edward Welby Pugin.

The Collins Encyclopedia points out that although his “furniture for private houses [was] often simple, with restrained, carved decoration, naturalistic, flat-patterned coloured inlays,” he also produced more elaborate gothic pieces, such as those for the Medieval Courts at the exhibitionwhich were “decorated with delicate tracery, cresting, and heraldic devices.

He is regarded by…. This site uses cookies. Each of these Irish churches is a confident, strong design of real authority. This exhibition consists of thirty-one drawings, shown either singly or in pairs within the one frame.

Perhaps one of the most prodigiously-talented draughtsmen and inventors of his time, Pugin worked ceaselessly and died very young. In he made, for the first time, a tour in Italy. He had to split his drawing between two pages to fit the whole monument in. Palace of Westminster There is debate as to how much Pugin contributed to the design, particularly as Barry kept his name out of the formal record.


Puginhe was one of the key personalities of the Gothic Revival. Sir Charles Barry won the competition to design a new building inbut it is now widely accepted that Pugin was involved in the design, especially in the decorative details. I have the feeling that he must have got someone to lend him a ladder since he notes precise measurements taken from the high cove of the ceiling at the top of the room and he could not have drawn the details of the carving without close access.

The Pugin travelling studentship, controlled by the Royal Institute of British Architects, was established as a memorial after his death. He designed for the earl the additions to Alton Towers, the church at Cheadle, and the chapel and other buildings at St.

Hill writes that Pugin’s medical history, including eye problems and recurrent illness from his early twenties, suggests that he contracted syphilis in his late teens, and this may have been the cause of his death at the age of Nonetheless, Pugin’s architectural ideas were carried forward by two young architects who admired him and had attended his funeral, W.

His hands, which worked in drawing with marvellous rapidity, were thick and dumpy, with short fingers tapering off to small tips; in these a stump of pencil, his compasses, and a carpenter’s rule, sufficed for even the most elaborate work; and he could turn out his exquisite drawings under the most untoward circumstances—even in a Ramsgate steamer rolling off the North Foreland.

An Episode in Taste, Oh, it was a glorious sight to see his composite mullions and cement pinnacles and battlements flying and cracking In the s, through the patronage of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Pugin was able to build the church that most clearly fulfilled his architectural manifesto—St. The premise of this book centres around a comparison of medieval, often ecclesiastical, buildings and their nineteenth century comparisons.

Inat the age of nineteen, he married Ann Garnett a connection of George Daveswho died in childbirth on 27 Mayand was buried at Christ Church Priory. Edward Pugin declared that Barry adopted a scheme of his father’s conception, and sent it in after it had been redrawn in his own office in order to conceal its likeness in handiwork to the design which was nominally Graham’s.


Occasionally it exhibits a meagreness in the use of materials, which, to do Pugin justice, is often attributable to false economy on the part of his clients. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. His buildings include the cathedrals of Birmingham St. In his appendix to The Stones of VeniceRuskin wrote of Pugin, “he is not a great architect but one of the smallest possible or conceivable architects”.

But of greater significance was the series of more than thirty churches and religious buildings that Pugin designed. Soaring to more than eighty feet, I can hardly imagine how Pugin drew it: Much of his influence in design came after his death in “as a result of elaborate carved furniture made in his idiom by J.

A.W.N. Pugin | British architect and author |

His writings, coupled with the high quality of his buildings and decorative designs, autustus both Protestant and Catholic circles. Puginwho had a more accurate archaeological approach.

Pugin’s legacy began to fade immediately after his death. Thank you for your feedback. Church, State, and Art all coincide through the work and presence of these figures: He had a further six children, including the architect Edward Welby Puginwith his second wife, Louisa Button, who died in Just before his death, he was in charge of the Medieval Court in the Great Exhibition ofand also served on the committee which selected objects to be purchased from the Exhibition for the new Museum of Manufactures.

Lord Shrewsbury, Pugin, and the Wugustus Revival. Born of a French father and an English mother, Pugin became a Catholic in