The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 3.1789

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ing. Therefore, it sometimes happens, that
where a bold proportion is given to the mem-
bers of an inferior order, they {hall acquire a
greater appearance of dignity, and produce a
more forcible effeft than a richer composition3
or more delicate workmanship.
Besides being susceptible of the highest de-
coration, the orders impart an appearance of
llrength to a building; they seem to contribute
support and {lability, which is evidently of
much importance in architecture. Now as it
is contrary to every idea of probability, that
the weaker should support the llronger, the
elegant support the robuft, or the delicate the
ilurdy; therefore, in determining the situations of
orders over each other, we mult advert to their
respebtive charafteristics.
According to this view of the subjeft, the
Tuscan order is fit only for places little exposed,
where gross llrength is a principal recommen-
dation ; and, being the {touted: of the orders,
it is used at the bottom of buildings, and in
lowermost situations.
More noble than the Tuscan, though not sa
elegant as the Ionic, the Doric order is placed
between them ; and, like the direction of wise
counsel, regulates the whole composition,
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