Charles Bulfinch, now chiefly remembered as a classicist, is shown to have also possessed a developed interest in Gothic architecture. This can be identified with the architect's midcareer and was sustained through book purchases made from I. & J. Taylor's "Architectural Library," London. In particular, Bulfinch read Joseph Taylor's Essays on Gothic Architecture (1800) closely, sources summarized in this publication providing the framework for his own observations on the origins of the Gothic style, as well as his interest, through Le Brun's Voyages... dans... l'Asie Mineure (1732), in the church of St. John at Acre in the Palestine.

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1
C. Loth and J. T. Sadler, The Only True Style: Gothic Architecture in America, Boston, 1975.
Loth
The Only True Style: Gothic Architecture in America
1975
2
Latrobe's additions of 1794 to Sheffield Place, Sussex, designed in the Gothic style by James Wyatt 1776-1782.
Latrobe's work (including proposed alterations to the "Chapel" win- dow) is described in A. Dale, James Wyatt, Oxford, 1956, 128-129.
Dale
Chapel
128
James Wyatt
1956
3
H. Kirker, The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch, Cambridge, Mass., 1969, 5-14.
Kirker
5
The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch
1969
4
Kirker, Charles Bulfinch, 387-388
Kirker
387
Charles Bulfinch
Kirker's catalog does not include the Rules of Work of the Carpenters in the Town of Boston (1800), de- scribed by E. S. Bulfinch in The Life and Letters of Charles Bulfinch, Architect, with other Family Papers, Boston and New York, 1896, 84.
Kirker
Rules of Work of the Carpenters in the Town of Boston
84
The Life and Letters of Charles Bulfinch, Architect, with other Family Papers
1800
5
J. Taylor, ed., Essays on Gothic Architecture, London, 1800.
Taylor
Essays on Gothic Architecture
1800
6
C. A. Place, Charles Bulfinch, Architect and Citizen, Boston and New York, 1925, 287.
Place
287
Charles Bulfinch, Architect and Citizen
1925
7
J. Kirby, Dr. Brook Taylor's Method of Perspective Made Easy, London, 1765.
Kirby
Brook Taylor's Method of Perspective Made Easy
1765
Kirker, Charles Bulfinch, 4.
Kirker
4
Charles Bulfinch
8
Anon., The Rules of Work of the Carpenters in the Town of Boston, Boston, 1800
The Rules of Work of the Carpenters in the Town of Boston
1800
Bulfinch, Life and Letters, 84.
Bulfinch
84
Life and Letters
9
Additional notes p. 3
pp. 51 and 52
Bulfinch's personal copy of G. A. Atwood, A Dissertation on the Con- struction and Properties of Arches, London, 1801 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Atwood
A Dissertation on the Construction and Properties of Arches
1801
10
J. Crunden, Convenient and Ornamental Architecture, London, 1785
Crunden
Convenient and Ornamental Architecture
1785
anon., Ideas for Rustic Fur- niture, London, c. 1790
Ideas for Rustic Furniture
1790
J. Soane, Plans, Elevations and Sections of Build- ings executed in the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Yorkshire etc., London, 1788
Soane
Plans, Elevations and Sections of Buildings executed in the Counties of Norfolk
1788
J. Miller, The Country Gentleman's Architect, London, 1789
Miller
The Country Gentleman's Architect
1789
N. Wallis, The Complete Modern Joiner, London, 1783
Wallis
The Complete Modern Joiner
1783
J. Plaw, Ferme Orne'e, London, 1795
Plaw
Ferme Orne'e
1795
J. Taylor, ed., Essays on Gothic Architecture, London, 1800
Taylor
Essays on Gothic Architecture
1800
R. Lugar, Architectural Sketches for Cottages, Rural Dwellings and Villas. . . , London, 1805.
Lugar
Architectural Sketches for Cottages, Rural Dwellings and Villas. . .
1805
11
Soane, Plans, Elevations and Sections, 9.
Soane
9
Plans, Elevations and Sections
12
J. Frew, "James Bentham's History of Ely Cathedral: a Forgotten Classic of the Early Gothic Revival," Art Bulletin, 62 (1980), 293.10.2307/3049998
293
13
Observations on the Fairy Queen of Spencer, London, 1762, II, 184-198
184
II
Observations on the Fairy Queen of Spencer
1762
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 1-15.
1
Essays on Gothic Architecture
14
History and Antiquities of the Conventual and Cathedral Church of Ely, Cambridge, 1771, 15-44
15
History and Antiquities of the Conventual and Cathedral Church of Ely
1771
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 17-94.
17
Essays on Gothic Architecture
15
Antiquities of England and Wales, London, 1773, I, 63- 77
63
I
Antiquities of England and Wales
1773
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 95-124.
95
Essays on Gothic Architecture
16
History and Survey of the Antiquities of Winchester, Winchester, 1798, II, 148-157
148
II
History and Survey of the Antiquities of Winchester
1798
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 125-133.
125
Essays on Gothic Architecture
17
Kirker, Charles Bulfinch, 249-251, 342, 348, 383.
Kirker
249
Charles Bulfinch
18
Bentham's "Historical Remarks on Saxon Churches,"
Bentham
Historical Remarks on Saxon Churches
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 17-60.
17
Essays on Gothic Architecture
19
Bishop W. Warburton, Notes on Pope's Epistles, London, 1740, quoted by Grose in Antiquities, I, 75-77
Warburton
75
I
Notes on Pope's Epistles
1740
Essays on Gothic Architec- ture, 120-122
120
Essays on Gothic Architecture
20
Parentalia, Or Memoirs of the Family of the Wrens, ed. S. Wren, London, 1750, 297-300
Parentalia
297
Or Memoirs of the Family of the Wrens
1750
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 103-108, 112-113.
103
Essays on Gothic Architecture
21
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 103, 112-115.
103
Essays on Gothic Architecture
22
Ibid., 129.
129
23
Place, Charles Bulfinch, 287.
Place
287
Charles Bulfinch
24
Ibid., 288.
288
25
Essays on Gothic Architecture, 110.
110
Essays on Gothic Architecture
26
Voyages de Corneille Le Brun au Levant, c'est-a-dire, dans les Principaux endroits de l'Asie Mineure, 2 vols., The Hague, 1732.
Voyages de Corneille Le Brun au Levant, c'est-a-dire, dans les Principaux endroits de l'Asie Mineure
1732
27
n. 15
Details of the Federal Street Church, Boston are linked to the Essays by Kirker, Charles Bulfinch, 250.
Kirker
250
Charles Bulfinch
28
R. Lugar, Architectural Sketches for Cottages, Rural Dwellings and Villas in the Grecian, Gothic and Fancy Styles, with Plans, London, 1805.
Lugar
Architectural Sketches for Cottages, Rural Dwellings and Villas in the Grecian, Gothic and Fancy Styles, with Plans
1805
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