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p. 10010. The Gothic dreamlocked

  • Nick Groom


The Gothic Revival in architecture, as with Gothic Romanticism, took much inspiration from Horace Walpole. It encompassed a whole theory of social renewal. The Gothic Revival universalized Whig notions of individual rights and freedom. This Revival also seeped into other areas of everyday life such as interior design, furniture, wallpaper, curtains, jewellery, and graveyard monuments. Gothic became the national style. ‘The Gothic dream’ traces the spread of Gothic ideas into architecture and all these areas of life and looks at the Gothic style abroad. The majority of 19th-century ecclesiastical, civic, educational, and cultural buildings were built on Gothic principles, but in an increasingly secular society it began to look dated and conservative. So the architectural continuity that had driven the Revival was challenged and rapidly dismantled.

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