Works listed in this catalogue:
Pugin (A.W.) Contrasts 1836 {1857} SLV [IB]
Pugin (A.W.) Details of Antient Timber Houses 1836 {1857} SLV [IB]
Pugin (A.W.) Ecclesiastical Ornament & Costume 1846 {1857} SLV [IB]
Pugin (A.W.) Floriated Ornament 1849 {1857} SLV [IB]
Pugin (A.W.) Oxford {1877} NGV [WT]

Pugin, a highly influential Gothic Revival architect and polemicist, was the son of A.C.Pugin (1762-1832), an architectural illustrator.

Publications by both father and son were among the early acquisitions for the Melbourne Public Library, suggesting that Redmond Barry, for all his classicist leanings, appreciated the significance of the neo-medievalism of the period, and the importance of the Pugins’ contribution to its development.

Contrasts, A.W.Pugin’s first significant publication, made a strong case for medieval alternatives to contemporary architectural and social developments, influencing others including William Morris and Ruskin (although the latter gave Pugin scant praise).

Numerous neo-Gothic churches were built to his designs, including several in Australia. He was also responsible for much of the interior design of Charles Barry’s new Houses of Parliament in London (1840ff.), and designed Elizabeth Tower (“Big Ben”) shortly before his death.


For Pugin’s architectural achievement and influence, see Rosemary Hill, God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain, London: Allen Lane, 2007; Brian Andrews, Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes, Hobart: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2001 (exhibition catalogue); (also mentioning Australian churches designed by Pugin) and, both with good details and further references