April 24: Pope

2016/04/24 § Leave a comment

On this day in 1874 John Russel Pope was born.

When you can design a dome that nearly puts the Pantheon to shame, you’ve got it going on.  When you can detail a huge blank wall that is all gorgeousness and not scary at all, you’re the man.  When your losing competition entry for the Lincoln Memorial is this cool (and a bigger badder version of this crazy thing), you make us run out of vocabulary of increasing exponential awesomeness.  And when you can design an arch that would make Titus green with envy,  and when you whip together this amazing composition when you’re not even trying that hard, and when you look like you could have been in the movies, and probably made Paul Philippe Cret bite his otherwise beautifully-manicured fingernails down to the quick, well.  We surrender.

John Russel Pope (d. 1943) was the bomb.

Image: National Gallery of Art, south portico (Clio’s)

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