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NEW: APOSTLE OF TASTE: ANDREW JACKSON DOWNING, 1815–1852

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Posted by lalh

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“The vast amount of visual evidence combines with the material and personal history of Downing to make Apostle of Taste a must for scholars of architectural and landscape history.” —Pennsylvania History

In this compelling biography, issued with a new preface, David Schuyler explores the origins of the tastemaker’s ideas in English aesthetic theory and his efforts to adapt English principles to American climate and republican social institutions. Tracing the impulse toward a native architectural style, Schuyler also demonstrates the influence of Downing’s ideas on the period’s gardens and, more broadly still, analyzes the complications of class implicit in Downing’s prescriptions for American society. The new edition is illustrated with more than 100 drawings, plans, and photographs.

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