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HALFPENNY, William (d.1755)
Six New Designs for Convenient Farm-Houses, with their Proper Offices, etc. [Parts I-III] . [Bound with:] Rural Architecture in the Chinese Taste, being Designs Entirely New for the Decoration of Gardens, Parks, Forrests, Insides of Houses, &c. . The 2d. Addition [Parts I-IV]
London: Robert Sayer, 1752. Two works (in three and four parts, respectively) in one volume, 8vo. (8 x 5 inches). [Farm Houses:] [2], 22; [2], 25-46; [2], 47-79, [1, blank]pp. 20 engraved folding plates. [Chinese Taste:] 8; 8; 8; [2], 2pp. Engraved title and 59 engraved plates (11 folding). Contemporary calf backed marbled paper covered boards. Provenance: Lord Cadogan (armorial bookplate); James Pain (19th century signature) Two important pattern books by Halfpenny, epitomizing mid-18th century English country architecture. Halfpenny's three part work on farm houses provided a series of designs for small houses in the southern counties, with the third part providing designs suitable for western and northern England, as well as Wales and Scotland. "Following Robert Morris, who in 1750 recommended greater attention to cottages and small villas, Halfpenny suggested in the Preface that in small buildings there was greater potential for aesthetic perfection than in large ones ... Here, in effect, he inverted the Renaissance hierarchy of architectural genres, suggesting that smaller buldings, rather than cathedrals or palaces, epitomized architectural details. The text consists of keys for the plans, specifications and cost estimates ... In several plans and elevations there is an attractive clarity to the design, achieved through use of simple geometric forms such as squares, rectangles, and triangles ..." (Archer). The present volume includes a second work bound in: Halfpenny's important four part work of Chinoiserie designs. By the mid-18th century "interest in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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