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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