Georgian architecture

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Georgian architecture. English architecture during the reigns of the first four Georges (1714–1830), which saw the rise of Palladianism, the varied and elegant styles of Robert Adam, and the fashions for Rococo, Chinoiserie, Gothick, and Hindoo. It also embraced the early Gothic and Greek Revivals, the Picturesque, eclecticism, Neo-Classicism, and the taste for Etruscan and Pompeian design, as well as the new, unadorned, powerful architecture of the canals, railways, and industry, so it included much that was Sublime. ‘Georgian’ often describes a type of C18 and early C19 domestic architecture with unadorned window-apertures, double-hung sashes, and door-cases, the latter often with fanlights, and sometimes given ambitious architectural features such as columns, pilasters, entablatures, pediments, and consoles.


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Georgian architecture

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Georgian architecture Building styles in Britain and its colonies (1714–1830). The name derives from the Hanoverian kings who reigned during this period ( George I–IV). The various Georgian styles include rococo, Greek revival, neo-classicism, Gothic revival, and Regency style.

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