This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (–) and the event is being celebrated in numerous. Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (–52). English architect and polemicist, the son of A. C. Pugin, he was one of the key personalities of the Gothic Revival. His importance lies not only in his virtual creation of the major style of the l9th century, Neo-Gothic, which was a fundamental re-creation and not a pastiche, but .

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Augustus Pugin

His importance lies not only in his virtual creation of the major style of the l9th century, Neo-Gothic, which was a fundamental re-creation and nofthmore a pastiche, but in his deliberate approach to design and function.

Pugin anticipated many of Ruskin’s statements on design in the many books and pamphlets that he wrote.

Just before his death, he was in charge of the Medieval Court in the Great Exhibition ofand also served on the committee which selected objects to be purchased from the Exhibition for the new Museum of Manufactures. He studied with his norrhmore, the French-born architect Auguste Charles Pugin Pugin, who favored the revival of fourteenth-century gothic, attempted to create entire coherent, consistent architectural and interior environments in this style, and by designing an entire “range of interior fittings,” he attempted “to express entire schemes of design in Gothic terms, rather than ppugin Gothic architectural details as means of decorationa” Collins Encylcopedia.


According to Rowland Elzea, “when only northmoge [he] was designing silverware in the Gothic style for the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell, and furniture for Morel and Seddon, who were then supplying furniture for the redecoration of Windsor Castle.

He first set up on his own in with a small workshop specialising in furniture, but this was not successful. In he remarried and started his architectural career.

In and and again in and he worked with Charles Barry on the designs for the new Houses of Parliament with responsibility for designing all the ornamental detail, and probably also the execution of the working drawings. From until his death, he designed many churches and houses as pjgin as designing their furnishings.

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He notrhmore a prolific designer of stained glass, metalwork, furnituretextiles, wallpapers, northmroe, embroideries, and jewellery. After his conversion to Roman Catholicism inhe published Contrastswhich argued that since gothic was an expression of a Roman Catholic society, only such a society could produce true gothic — a position that he continued to expound in True Principles of Pointed Pugkn published According to a leading historian of architecture, by thus imbuing architecture with ideology, Pugin created the ” Victorian dilemma of style.


The Collins Encyclopedia points out that although his “furniture for private houses [was] often simple, with restrained, carved decoration, naturalistic, flat-patterned coloured inlays,” he also produced more elaborate gothic pieces, such as those for the Medieval Courts at the exhibitionwhich were “decorated with delicate tracery, cresting, and heraldic devices. Much of his influence in pugiin came after his death in “as a result of elaborate carved furniture made in his idiom by J.

Pugin also created the “pattern for English Gothic jewellery and revived use of enamelling as integral part of design; influenced ecclesiastical and other jewellery.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

Victoriania to Art Deco, The. Elzea, Rowland and Betty.

The Pre-Raphaelite Era, Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum, Pugin and His Father Augustus Pugin. Lord Shrewsbury, Pugin, and the Catholic Revival.

Hollins and Carter, An Episode in Taste, The Johns Hopkins Press, Sheed and Ward, References Collins Collector’s Encylopedia: