Pugin’s Contrasts Rotated
James Langdon

This publication makes a corrective gesture. AWN Pugin’s 1836 book Contrasts presented a comparative analysis of what Pugin considered the glorious buildings of the middle ages and the detestable architecture of his own time. The etchings that illustrated this work originally appeared awkwardly paired on single pages. Here photocopies of 15 pairings from Contrasts are rotated 90 degrees and reproduced on facing pages, as part of an ongoing enquiry by the author into the book as an active site of display.

December 2011, English
21 x 14.8 cm, 32 pages, b/w ills
ISBN 978-1-907414-22-0
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Pugin’s Contrasts Rotated Special Edition
Seven special edition books are remade from original copies of Contrasts, rotated and rebound by Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen. These unique works – two from the 1841 second edition, five from the 1968 facsimile – will be available soon from the AA Bookshop