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Many black and white and colour photographs of work. comprises heritage and outlines.

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Odious, and as remote from the Antique as Gothicism could carry it. The Flemings have been good colourists and imitated nature as they conceived it. . Rubens himself lived and died a Fleming, though he would fain have been an Italian. The French . . " Since, therefore, the Antique seemed to be the highest expression of beauty, it was clear that Apelles must have been the greatest of painters; that point was never disputed, for the admirable reason that neither Richardson nor Hogarth nor anyone else had ever seen one single line drawn by him, nor any reproduction or copy of such a line, nor had or could have the smallest idea of his works; but his name had survived, they saw him referred to in terms of high praise, he was a contemporary of the great sculptors, and that was enough.

And that is perhaps the only period, except the Regency, of which this can be said. It is the fashion to laugh with Pope at "Ripley with a rule", with Walpole to condemn Kent, to dismiss Colin Campbell as a pedant or Burlington as a fraud; but before we do so, it might be salutary to consider whether nineteenth- century domestic architecture was of an excellence sufficient to justify that attitude? However uninspired was Campbell, or pompous Kent, they possessed in common with all their contemporaries a degree of scholarship which ensured that nothing they did could be actually bad, so long as they did not venture beyond the limits of their learning; when Kent, for example, made experiments in the Gothic the result was far less happy than when he confined himself to Palladia.

This existence of a fixed canon of taste, and the ability on the part of almost all educated people to describe a house as being good or bad as it accorded with the rules, ensured at least a minimum standard of excellence, JI The Rule of Taste so that when we say that such and such a house has faults we mean that it is not quite so good as certain other houses of its own period and style, and the very fact that it is of that period and style, that it was built between~ say, IJOO and xno, implies in itself an excellence which we can be sure is there even before we see the house.

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