of our middle class has created in the modern age, we should be in much the same case as the Americans
We should be living with much the same absence of training for the sense of beauty through the eye, from the aspect of outward things.
The American cities have hardly anything to please a trained or a natural sense for beauty.
They have buildings which cost a great deal of money and produce a certain effect — buildings, shall I say, such as our Midland Station at St. Pancras; but nothing such as Somerset House or Whitehall
One architect of genius they had — Richardson
I had the pleasure to know him: he is dead, alas!
Much of his work was injured by the conditions under which he was obliged to execute it; I can recall but one building, and that of no great importance, where he seems to have had his own way, to be fully himself; but that is indeed excellent.
In general, where the Americans
succeed best in their architecture — in that art so indicative and educative of a people's sense for beauty — is in the fashion of their villa-cottages in wood.
These are often original and at the same time very pleasing, but they are pretty and coquettish, not beautiful.
Of the really beautiful in the other arts, and in literature, very little has been produced there as yet. I asked a German