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Edward Lovett Pearce and the Parliament House in Dublin

By Edward McParland

MUCH is already known about Edward Lovett Pearce's Dublin Parliament House of 1729, now occupied by the Bank of Ireland (Fig.10). Happily, the re-emergence - after an obscure and mildly romantic interlude - of a memorandum on the proposed building, signed by Pearce eleven months before the foundation stone was laid, tells us a good deal more. What follows is a commentary on this memorandum of which an unedited transcript is printed as an appendix. This commentary is supplemented by a review of the history of the erection of the building, with observations on its design.

S. W. Hayter. Glasgow and Paris

Reviewed by David Cohen

Shirazeh Houshiary: Sculpture. Oxford, Museum of Modern Art

Reviewed by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton

Leonhard Kern. Schwäbisch Hall

Reviewed by Marjorie Trusted

Kunst des Biedermeier. Munich

Reviewed by Christian Lenz

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Sic transit mappa mundi?

Virgilio Spada's Defence of Borromini

By Joseph Connors

VIRGILIO SPADA was a man who was used to having his way. The trusted administrator of two seventeenth-century popes and the most famous architectural amateur of baroque Rome, he left his mark on many of the most celebrated buildings of Borromini, Bernini, Cortona and other lesser architects. He was the eminence grise of Borromini's oratory, the building on which he gained his experience as a patron and critic. During the pontificate of Innocent X he super- vised the reconstruction of the Lateran basilica, and his voice was also heard on the worksites of the Palazzo Pamphilj and S. Agnese in Piazza Navona, in the planning of the Villa Pamphilj, and on the commission to investigate structural flaws in Bernini's campanile on the facade of St Peter's. Under Innocent X he was one of the most powerful men in Rome, and he retained part of that power under Alexander VII. Within his own family his advice was taken as gospel on matters of architecture. He helped his brother, Cardinal Bernardino Spada, to plan his palace, and was active in the design of several Spada Chapels. Although a man of only moderate personal wealth, he harnessed. the forces of the Congregation of the Oratory and of the Banco di S. Spirito to shape the Piazza dell'Orologio, where his own simple rooms were to be found underneath Borromini's splendid clocktower (Fig. 1). The piazza is the closest he ever came to a personal monument. This supremely competent administrator, who did more to shape the physical fabric of the baroque city than any other single patron of his generation, went from success to success until his death in 1662.

John Wood's System of Architecture

By Eileen Harris

JOHN WOOD's name is synonymous with Georgian Bath. Queen Square, the North and South Parades, Gay Street and, above all, the Circus were all his creations. He was also obsessed with constructing a system of architecture rising from God and Moses. This for him was a moral obligation. He established his system, or 'superstructure' as he called it, in his first book, The Origin of Building (1741), extended and elaborated it in his later books and would have carried it further had he lived longer. From the outset his purpose remained constant:

... not only to weigh and consider the Origin, Progress and Perfection of Building, so as to make the Account thereof consistent with Sacred History, with the confession of the Ancients and with the course of great Events in all parts of the world, and with itself; but, from Time to Time, to point out the Plagiarism of the Heathens; and then, to shew, that the Dignity to which Architecture was rais'd by the Grandeur of the Egyptian, the Assyrian, the Median, the Babylonian, the Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman Empires, was not comparable to the Lustre with which it first shined in the Sacred Works of the Jews.

The Art Collection of the Ninth Duke of Medinaceli

By Vicente Lleó Cañal

Nineteenth-Century British Envoys in Spain and the Taste for Spanish Art in England

By Nigel Glendinning

The Count of Fuensaldaña and David Teniers: Their Purchases in London after the Civil War

By Alexander Vergara

Paintings by Ribera in the Collection of the Duque de Medina de las Torres

By Marcus B. Burke

List of New Spanish and Italian Inventories Available at the Getty Provenance Index

By Burton B. Fredericksen

Sculpture by Richard Deacon. London, Whitechapel

Reviewed by Richard Shone

'Magnificent Cattle'. Leeuwarden, Fries Museum

Reviewed by John Sillevis

Guido Reni und Europa. Frankfurt-am-Main

Reviewed by Michael Levey

Sienese Cinquento Painting. Siena, Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Reviewed by Carl Brandon Strehlke

'The New Urban Landscape' 'Dreamings'. New York and Chicago

Reviewed by Tony Godfrey

Pietro Testa. Cambridge, Mass, Fogg Art Museum

Reviewed by Hugh Brigstocke

Raphaelle Peale Still Lifes. Philadelphia

Reviewed by Carol Troyen

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Reviewed work (20)

Pompeii. An Architectural History

Reviewed by Roger Ling

Court and Garden: From the French Hotel to the City of Modern Architecture

Reviewed by Robin Middleton

A History of Architecture

Kolo Moser. Graphic Artist and Designer

Reviewed by P. V.

The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis from Its Beginnings to the Death of Suger, 475-1151

Reviewed by Stephen Murray

The Imperial Abbey of Farfa

Reviewed by Bryan Ward-Perkins

Guarino Guarini and His Architecture

Reviewed by Desmond Shawe-Taylor

The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture: Speculation on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi

Reviewed by John Onians

Collector of Genius: A Life of Sir George Beaumont

Reviewed by Malcolm Cormack

The Index of Paintings Sold in the British Isles during the Nineteenth Century, I, 1801-1805

Reviewed by Francis Russell

Die Architekturzeichnung. Vom barocken Idealplan zur Axonometrie

Reviewed by R. M.

Sketches, Projects and Executed Buildings by Otto Wagner

Reviewed by P. V.

Arquitectura y mecenazgo: la imagen de Toledo en el Renacimiento

Reviewed by J. B. Bury

I dieci libri dell'architettura di Vitruvio tradotti e commentati da Daniele Barbaro

Reviewed by J. B. Bury

Courtauld Institute Illustration Archives. Laon Cathedral Architecture, Companion Text 2

Reviewed by Nicola Coldstream

Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture, Design

Reviewed by Simon Jervis

Claudio Parmiggiani (Archivi di Arte Contemporanea)

'Vision of the Modern', U. I. A. Journal of Architectural Theory and Criticism, Vol.1, No.1

Twentieth Century Style and Design

Reviewed by Simon Jervis

Velazquez's Bodegones. A Study in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Genre Painting

Reviewed by Enriqueta (E. H; E. E. H) Harris

Book Review (6)

Pintura Gotica Catalana

Reviewed by Robert Gibbs

L'architettura del Quattrocento a Milano

Reviewed by Richard Schofield

Pioneers of Soviet Architecture: The Search for New Solutions in the 1920s and 1930s

Reviewed by Christina Lodder

Spanish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland

Reviewed by Nina Ayala Mallory

The Palladio Guide

La pintura barroca en Salamanca

Reviewed by Enriqueta (E. H; E. E. H) Harris