Among many of the Asiatic nations the bricks are of excellent quality.
Those of China are faced with porcelain, and in Nepaul they are ornamented by the encaustic process and in relief.
The conquerors of Peru found the art of brickmaking in a flourishing condition in the Empire of the Incas, and both there and among the more northerly countries of Yucatan and Mexico, we learn from the Spaniards, and from Humboldt, and also from our own historians and travelers, Prescott, Stephens, and Squier, that the architectural remains of former races are still extant in brick as well as in porphyry and granite.
Bricks were made in England by the Romans A. D. 44.
Made under the direction of Alfred the Great, A. D. 886.
The manufacture flourished remarkably under Henry VIII.
The size was regulated by Charles I., 1625.
The operations of brickmaking may be said to consist in —
Preparing the brick-earth.Drying.