Want to know your escutcheon from your segmental pediment? Then pick up this beautiful book by Matthew Rice
Want to know your escutcheon from your segmental pediment? Then get yourself along to your friendly Cotswold bookseller and pick up Matthew Rice’s excellent book on the vocabulary of architecture
Cotswolds-based author and illustrator – and designer on wife Emma Bridgewater’s pottery – Matthew Rice has released a rather handsome tome looking at the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings.
The aim of Rice’s Language of Buildings is to enable the reader to recognise, understand and date any British building, with the help of his beautiful illustrations throughout, and is expanded from a series of architectural drawings commissioned by Country Life magazine.
In this updated version of his 2009 book, Rice’s Architectural Primer, he describes it as being able to “help you avoid having to stumble through a description of ‘that bit with knobbles and a point, or the curved thing to the left of that triangle’, by teaching you the naming of parts.”
And this it does so rather eloquently, enabling you to identify a tympanum or Vitruvian scroll, while confidently being able to distinguish between a clasping and flying buttress.
ABOVE: Georgian architectural elements BELOW, FROM LEFT: High Victorian; the anatomy of a timber-framed building; a late medieval church
Rice’s Language of Buildings is published by Bloomsbury in hardback for £20