Villa Architecture: A Collection Of Views, With Plans. Of Buildings Executed In England, Scotland, &c. Robert Lugar.

Villa Architecture: A Collection Of Views, With Plans. Of Buildings Executed In England, Scotland, &c

London: J. Taylor, 1828. First edition. Hardcover. Half title (verso blank), title (verso with imprint), dedication (verso blank), preface pp. v-x. 34 pages in text. Folio, 44 x 30 cm. 42 plates and plans, 26 are hand-colored aquatints. This copy with plates watermarked Whatman 1827 and 1828. Nearly all designs here were executed. Among the finest depictions of country seats of the period, this copy has earlier watermarks than J.R. Abbey's example, ABBEY LIFE 33. COLTON 195.1. "The plates executed in aquatint and hand colored, are among the most handsome in all cottage and villa design books. Each subject, depicted in view and plan, is skillfully integrated with surrounding foliage and distant landscape forms. This is accomplished through effects of light and shadow, conscientiously balanced relationships between natural and built objects, and in some cases a misty haze that creates an effect of atmospheric depth. COLTON p.526. "Lugar was a skillful practitioner of the picturesque, exploiting the fashion for `cottages ornes' and castellated Gothic mansions in the manner of John Nash." Internally fresh, very bright copy, entirely uncut. Modest extremity wear. Contemporary quarter navy morocco and marbled boards. Very good. Item #19628

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