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

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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

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