Small Gothic House at Venice

H. W. Brewer, artist

WJY [?], engraver

c. 1880

Signed with initials lower left and right

Source: Stevenson’s House Architecture, I, 226

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“VENICE had a flourishing style of Gothic of her own, which, of all forms of Gothic, supplies the examples best suited for modern use. It does not affect the gloomy grandeur of the Florentine palaces, or the small barred windows of French and English mediaeval castles, for she was secure from foreign attack behind her 'streak of silver sea;' while the strong hand of her oligarchy rendered fighting among the nobles, inside the town, impossible. Her palaces therefore were never castles or fortresses, but from the earliest times, in their fronts to the canals, had more window than wall.” [continued below]

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