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George Edmund Street (1824—1881) architect and architectural theorist


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Pejorative term used by some Victorian commentators (e.g. Street) to describe the work of Rogue Goths that was too restless, animated, or ‘acrobatic’, and embarrassing. It implied empty fashion, hamfistedness, clumsiness, discord, clashing colours, excessive liveliness, coarseness, loudness, decadence, furious vigour, recklessness, exaggeration, vulgarity, and generally something overdone for purposes of self-advertisement (so could easily be applied to some fashionable architects of the early C21).

J. Curl (2002b)

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