Author Archives: Douglas Cawthorne

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.

Victorian Visualisations of Rome – Lawrence Alma-Tadema

In Britain there is a long cultural and artistic tradition of visualising and “reconstructing” the past. In late 19th century England this was famously and influentially practiced by the painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema whose images of scenes from ancient Roman … Continue reading

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Measure Draw Build – Classicism, Craft and (the absence of) Computers

On show at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London is “Measure Draw Build, an exhibition of classical architecture and architectural drawings by the British architect George Saumarez Smith, a director of ADAM Architecture. It showcases architectural work … Continue reading

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Cawdor Castle – No Trace of Lady Macbeth but Plenty of Palladianism

Cawdor castle lies 5 miles south-west of Nairn in the north east of Scotland. It was chosen by William Shakespeare as one of the principle settings for his play “The Tragedy of Macbeth” first performed in 1606 for King James … Continue reading

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Cragside – “The Palace of a Modern Magician”

 William George Armstrong (1810-1900) a scientist, technical innovator and one of the most successful industrialists of his generation was born into a respectable middle class farming and merchant family in Newcastle and was eventually to be client for one of … Continue reading

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Wightwick Manor – Aestheticism and Pre-Raphaelites

The architect Edward Ould (1852–1909) designed Wightwick Manor just west of Wolverhampton in the English West-Midlands in 1887 and then added to it 1892-93 for Theodore and Flora Mander and their family. The Manders were long established owners of a … Continue reading

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All Saints Brixworth – Anglo-Saxon Church Architecture

All Saints Church at Brixworth in Northamptonshire is one of the best examples of Anglo-Saxon church architecture in England. Pevsner (1985), Parsons (1988) and Cooper (2010) give a date of C675 for its foundation, probably as a timber building which … Continue reading

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Stoneywell Cottage – Arts and Crafts Ideology and Contradiction

The City of Leicester is well-known for its connections to the Arts and Crafts movement for instance with the Leicester School of Art and the Dryad Cane and Metal works. The purchase by the National Trust in 2013 of Stoneywell … Continue reading

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Merlin Works Roman Bath House – Leicester

In the summer of 2007, colleagues at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services Unit (ULAS) discovered the remains of what may be a Roman bath house on Bath Lane in Leicester (see excavation plan below left – courtesy of ULAS). … Continue reading

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Ellys Manor, Lincolnshire – Laser Scanning Late Medieval Allegory in Architecture

Ellys Manor is a small, privately owned and well preserved English wool-merchant’s house dating from the late fifteenth century whose design has been substantially influenced by European Hanseatic merchants’ houses. It is important in understanding the Northern Renaissance’s influence in … Continue reading

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Celtic Monasticism and Benedictine Architecture on Iona

This month we were afforded the marvellous opportunity to visit the early Celtic Christian site of Iona Abbey on the west coast of Scotland. It was founded by St Columba who was a scion of the ruling Uĺ Néill family … Continue reading

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