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The Gothic Revival and Design

William Henry Pyne: The History of the Royal Residences

(London: 1819) Sp Coll f327-329


Windsor Castle: Staircase
C. Wild delt; W.T. Bennett sculp.
(From Vol. 1: Pub. April 1 1818 by W. H. Pyne, 9 Nassau Street, Soho)

... the present magnificent Gothic staircase was erected for his Majesty by the late Mr. Wyatt ... The stairs are divided into two flights, the first of nineteen, the second of fifteen steps. There is a gallery in front, and one on each side; the front gallery is twenty-eight feet in length, the side galleries each forty-seven feet. The balustrades to the staircase and galleries are elegantly designed, and executed in iron bronzed, with bases and capitals of burnished brass.
    The staircase is inclosed within lofty walls, and terminates in a lantern, nearly one hundred feet from the base, richly ornamented with Gothic tracery. All the ornaments of this elegant new structure are strictly appropriate, and were executed by Mr. Bernasconi (pp. 82-82).

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