Understanding Architectural Drawings and Historical Visual Sources

Edited by Susie Barson

Understanding Architectural Drawings and Historical Visual Sources

Edited by Susie Barson

Distributed for Historic England Publishing

96 pages | 29 color plates, 32 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781848023703 Published April 2019 For sale in North America only

How do you find out about historic buildings and places? A good place to start is with visual evidence. Original drawings, topographical views, surveys, maps, photographs, and other historic visual sources help to support an understanding of how a building or location appears the way it does today. Interpreting such material requires knowledge of historic design and mapping conventions, the place of the drawings in the construction process, the methods and techniques used to create engraved or topographical views, and the equipment and processes used in photography at particular times.

The authors of this book—all professional architectural and art historians—explain the provenance, purpose, and terminology of a range of visual sources from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, and explore how they can help—or sometimes hinder—an understanding of the original form and subsequent changes to a building, site, or landscape. In addition, they list the most widely used archives, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection, as well as online and published databases of historic visual sources.

This book will be of particular interest to historic buildings professionals, archaeologists, conservation architects, students of architectural history, and those involved in the preparation of conservation plans. More widely, it is hoped that the visual sources discussed and listed here may open a new and rich vein of material to different kinds of historians, genealogists, educators, students, and authors.

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