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  • Composition, Non-Composition


    When Jacques-François Blondel (1705-1774) published De la Distribution des maisons de plaisance et de la décoration des édifices en général in 1737-1738, he was raising issues already known to be a “specialty” of French architects then developing a manière française much more concerned with interiors than the manière italienne mindful of the outside. This notion, little by little, became a kind of a commonplace, and a number of theoreticians were to write of the French predilection for the inside or, put another way, for distribution.

    One of them, Marc-Antoine Laugier (1713-1769), was to declare a few years later: “Let us do justice to our artists; distribution is a part that they possess in the most sovereign degree.”

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