Essay - title page
Essay – title page

Rickman was not a prolific antiquary – his reputation as a writer rests on a single book. Nevertheless, this book, which went through many editions during Rickman’s lifetime and continued to be revised and republished after his death, was to become a central text for the nineteenth-century revival of Gothic architecture. Its later editor, John Henry Parker, hailed it as the ‘grammar’ of the Gothic style.

Our project aims to situate Rickman’s work within its intellectual context, to learn more about what inspired him to write and how his work inspired others in turn.

For further details of Rickman’s publications, see the Bibliography.

Architect and Antiquary