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Pugin was the son of the architect Augustus Charles Pugin, who gave him his architectural and draftsmanship training. His mature professional life began in when he published Contrasts , which conveyed the argument with which Pugin was throughout his life to be identified, the link between the quality and character of a society with the calibre of its architecture. Pugin, who became a Roman Catholic in , contended that decline in the arts was a result of a spiritual decline occasioned by the Reformation. Between and Pugin enjoyed a growing architectural practice. His employment by John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and other Roman Catholic laymen and clergy resulted in his identification with the leadership of the Roman Catholic revival. His plans for St.

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Pugin was the son of the architect Augustus Charles Pugin, who gave him his architectural and draftsmanship training. His mature professional life began in when he published Contrasts , which conveyed the argument with which Pugin was throughout his life to be identified, the link between the quality and character of a society with the calibre of its architecture.

Pugin, who became a Roman Catholic in , contended that decline in the arts was a result of a spiritual decline occasioned by the Reformation.

Between and Pugin enjoyed a growing architectural practice. His employment by John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and other Roman Catholic laymen and clergy resulted in his identification with the leadership of the Roman Catholic revival. His plans for St. The Church of St. Oswald, Old Swan, Liverpool ; demolished , was the finest of his designs of these years and the one that set the pattern for Gothic revival parish churches in England and abroad.

Pugin reached the height of his influence between and his theoretical position on the need for a revival of Gothic was refined and expressed with a literary skill equal to his powers as an architectural caricaturist and illustrator; and his circle of patrons loyally supported him. Giles, Cheadle, Staffordshire —46 ; and extensive repairs and additions to Alton Towers, Staffordshire. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription.

United Kingdom: ParliamentLearn about the evolution of the U. Parliament and the history behind the building of the current Houses of Parliament, designed by Sir Charles Barry and A. His practice declined as other architects emerged to serve Roman Catholic clients. This article was most recently revised and updated by Mic Anderson , Copy Editor. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.

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There is also a great lament over the general switch in Europe from Christian architecture to what Mr. Pugin calls pagan architecture, which was also being taken up by the Anglican clergy in the renovations made to old buildings in England. Pagan architecture refers to the revived classical Greek and Roman forms, which I hardly find disastrous, but which Mr. Pugin clearly disliked. The purpose of the book is ultimately futile: to return to an Age of Faith, to rediscover now almost forgotten principles of Catholic architecture.

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It was the book that made his name, and was the first architectural manifesto. Contrasts, as its many critics were quick to point out, had little to say on these subjects. What Pugin offered his readers instead was an entire social programme, one which redefined architecture as a moral force, imbued with political and religious meaning. Men and women had never lived together in such vast numbers before, and as industry developed and drew more workers from the country to the towns, so the mills and factories, warehouses, workhouses and slum terraces spread. A decade later the British began to understand what Schinkel had meant. The intervening years had seen the first outbreaks of cholera and some of the worst civil unrest in their history. His prescription was a characteristic mixture of the romantic and the pragmatic — a proposal which, at any other moment in history, would have seemed fantastic, but one which caught the brittle mood of the mids.

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