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Victorian Revivalism: Neoclassicism vs Gothic Revival

Victorian Revivalism: Neoclassicism vs Gothic Revival

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Published by Minh Tu Nguyen

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Published by: Minh Tu Nguyen on Nov 09, 2010
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Week 1Victorian Revivalism:Neoclassicism vsGothic Revival
The History of Interior Design 2INT262
Victorian Revivalism - Contextc.1837 - 1901
Queen Victoria reigns 1837-1901
Period of industrialisation and commercial expansion
Empire generates further wealth: materials are imported fromcolonies; goods are exported to them
Population growth in Britain: from 18.5m in 1841 to 37m in 1901(over 6m in London)
Transportation (roads, canals and, more revolutionary, railways)
All this creates unprecedented wealth for industrial andmerchant classes (taking power away from church, state &aristocracy = new tastes)
Victorian Revivalismc.1837 - 1901
Why Stylistic Variety? (Revivalism)
Revised view of history: each civilisation should be judged on itsown merits by its own criteria
Challenging the notion of Classical authority (or any authority?)
The aesthetic of the Picturesque and Sublime (moving awayfrom classically
rules of beauty to the appreciation ofirregularity and the unexpected)
Variety of styles itself a source of delight
Styles follow each other and change quicker than ever before

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