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ex The Builder: An illustrated weekly magazine, for the architect, engineer, archaeologist, constructor, sanitary-reformer & art-lover. Conducted by H. H. Statham. Distorted Google scan (levels subsequently adjusted), of page in Supplement to the issue of July 1, 1899

The poor scan of this volume offers a remarkable collection of (what can only be described as) hallucinogenic architectural views and plans. The supplement features drawings of "The Abbeys of Great Britain," e.g., this.

The particular mix of topics encompassed in the journal's subtitle prompts thinking about the relationship of aesthetics to engineering and even (geological) science. Thomas Mellard Reade (1832-1909, architect, civil engineer, field and experimental geologist *) appears in earlier numbers.
 

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tags: T. M. Reade; bare ruined choirs; drawing; ruination