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CANALETTO: CELEBRATING BRITAIN │ Compton Verney, Warwickshire → 7 June 2015

“Ɖs z ɖ frst tîm ɖt ɖz magnifisnt pêntñz n drōñz bî Canalīțo hv bn brwt tgɖr t pṛvîd an ovrvy v Canalīțo’z wrc crietd btwn 1746 n 1755, ẇlst h wz vizitñ Britn.

Jrñ hiz nîn-yir ste in Britn h dokmentd nt jst tṛdišnl or istablišt vyz n landmācs bt olso hiz (n hiz pêtṛnz’) lêtist ačivmnts in ācitecčr n enjinirñ.  Ɖ dpiẋnz v ɖz ny bildñwrcs n projcts, ẇɖr câčt in Ṗlêdı̣n, Ḅroc or Goʈic stîlz, seḷbret ɖ ny-fând welʈ n ašuṛns v ɖ Britiš nêšn, rflctñ cntmprri dveḷpmnts in popylr culčr, sč az ɖ rīdiscuvri v Šêxpir, ɖ sxes v Handl’z Msaia n ɖ cult v Cñ Alfrid – ẇč in trn spwnd Ān’z imwtl Rūl Britaňa.

Set intu contxt, by 1750 ɖ frst jeṇrešn v Ṗlêdı̣n ācitects n pêtṛnz (Brlñtn, Cambl n Cent) wr ded, n ɖ nêšn wz redi fr a mr libṛl atityd t ācitcčṛl dzîn. Britn itslf wz a mr stebl n confidnt plês ɖn it hd bn īvn ʈrti yirz bfr. Jrñ ɖ rīsnt Wor v ɖ Ostrı̣n Sxešn, ɖ nêšn hd held ontu its ny c̣lôňl gênz n hd sxidd in fwsñ Spên t ôpn p Sâʈ America t its trêdrz. Ɖ icoṇmi wz būmñ n ɖ Jac̣bît ʈret hd ivaṗretd. Acwdñli, a ny, mr confidnt jeṇrešn, profitñ fṛm ɖ Jwjn Reṿlušn n incrisñli ašurd bî Britn’z stêṭs az a mêjr wrldpâr, wz priperd t b ls rejimentd bî Ṗlêdı̣n rūlz n mr iclctc in its ācitcčṛl patṛnij, sīcñ culčṛl inspirešn nt jst fṛm ɖ Mediṭreňn bt olso fṛm ɖer ôn histri.

Ɖs ny fând confidns, sigṇld ʈru ɖ ācitcčr v Ḅroc mastrz sč az Rén (at St Pwl’z n St Mẹri’z, Woric), Hwcsmur (at Westminstr Abi’z west târz) n ɖ Goʈic rvîvl, mācs Britn ât az ɖ ny Venis, ẇč wz ɖ riyl subjct v Canalīțo’z grt canvsz on dsple in ɖs xibišn.”

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MACKINTOSH TRAVEL SKETCHES │ Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow → 1 March 2015

“Scečñ z an isnšl cmponnt v an ācitect’s trênñ, t dveḷp drafsmnšp, undrstandñ v cnstruẋn n mtirı̣lz, n a dzîn refṛnslîbrri.

Fṛm ɖ 1880z ɖ Scotiš ācitect, Čālz Reni Macintoš (1868–1928), scečt in Scotḷnd n Ñgḷnd, n, on a fy ocežnz, abrwd. In 1891 h dscrîbd ɖ xîtmnt v travlñ wɖ glowñ hāt bt šivrñ hand t sceč ɖ humbl cotij, ɖ mr pritenšs manšn or ɖ mytiletd ɖo venṛbl casl, wɖ fīlñz v ɖ most indiscrîbbl dlît. Macintoš’z drafsmnšp wz ic̣nomic, eḷqnt n unhezitetñ n bêst on rigṛs anaḷsis v ɖ subjct, bfr ɖ plêsñ v eni māc on ɖ pêpr. Macintoš rfrd t sč ntešnz az bits n jotñz.

Ɖs xibišn priznts a ṣlẋn v wōtrculrz, scečbc pêjz n scečbcs ẇč šo ɖ renj v hiz travlz n hiz intrest in Scotiš târhâzz, mediivl Ñgliš črčz n vnaklr ācitecčr. It olso šoz hâ ɖz studiz infwmd Macintoš’z ācitecčṛl practis.”

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