Château d’Azy-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire

H. W. Brewer

c. 1880

Signed lower left

Source: Stevenson’s House Architecture, I, 245

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“The narrow windows or loop-holes in . . . towers, lighting each story, were usually in a tier, one above the other. Though the openings were small on the outside, they widened out inside into large deep bays in the thickness of the walls. It was therefore easy to cut a wide gash from top to bottom in the tower in which larger windows were inserted. These were built in the new style, flanked by pilasters which covered the junction of the new and old masonry. As the opening had been made from bottom to top, these pilasters were carried continuously through the whole height of the tower one above the other; there was no mass of plain wall dividing the rows of windows in the different stones as in Italian architecture.” [continued below]

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