House of Jacques Coeur at Bourges

H. W. Brewer, artist

H. Pitt, engraver

c. 1880

Signed with initials lower right and left

Source: Stevenson’s House Architecture, I, 154

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It was not from any necessities of climate or construction that the roofs were made steep pitched, but to harmonise with the tendency to height and upward growth which was characteristic of the rest of Gothic architecture. When in English Gothic the horizontal cornice became predominant, and the arches became flattened, the roofs, as we shall see, became flattened in sympathy. In France the arches remained pointed, arid the roofs continued steep pitched. The tendency in the later French Gothic was rather to increase their height. These tall steep roofs became a feature of French architecture, and continued to characterise it when the Gothic styles had passed away, and had been superseded by the Classic. [continued below]

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