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The roofs of Wren and Jones: a seventeenth-century migration of technical knowledge from Italy to England

Valeriani, Simona (2006) The roofs of Wren and Jones: a seventeenth-century migration of technical knowledge from Italy to England. Working papers on the nature of evidence: how well do 'facts' travel?, 14/06. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Seventeenth-century English architecture saw the introduction of a new style, influenced by continental Europe, and driven, to a large extent, by the work of Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren. But along with the aesthetic novelty came novel building techniques; construction methods embedded within the stylistic changes showing that the continental influence was felt as much within the structures of the buildings as it was upon their façades. Focussing here on the methods used to construct wooden roofs, this paper attempts to chart some of the ways in which the influence of Italian craftsmen and architects was received and adapted by Wren and Jones, and how facts about roof construction travelled into England through technical solutions to the problems the new architecture presented.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > How Well Do 'Facts' Travel?
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Series: Working Papers > Working Papers on The Nature of Evidence: How Well Do ‘Facts’ Travel?
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 11:43
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2014 13:18
Projects: Large-Scale Technological Change
Funders:, Economic and Social Research Council

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