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Inventory No. 55213 - Exhibition Label 'Compass & Rule; Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500-1750'

From Italy to England

Ottavio Revesi Bruti's architectural sector, the 'archisesto', was published in 1627. It had no discernible impact in its native Italy but a century later the accompanying treatise was translated into English and dedicated to the 'architect earl' Lord Burlington. Though unsigned, this unique example can be attributed to Thomas Heath, who acted as publisher for the text. The design closely follows the Italian original in inscribing the proportions of the five orders onto the arc. In use, the two movable legs are set on the arc and dimensions determined and taken off with dividers.

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