By Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Wagg, Susan W.; Taylor, Andrew Thomas
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Photograph, c. 1890. 34 The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor these houses are quite different in plan and elevation, but they are so harmoniously treated and grouped as to get a variey of effects and a picturesque outline from all points of view. They are also in the old English style and are built of red brick with a little timber, tile and plaster work. ” 21 Such deliberate picturesqueness – a product of the irregular massing, colourful materials, and quaint style – certainly drew on work at Bedford Park.
He had a large family: ten children by his first wife and seven with his second (Taylor’s aunt Jane). Despite frequent travels abroad, his eldest son, Peter, became one of McGill’s great early benefactors, continued the family’s gifts to Presbyterian College, and long served as president of the Montreal General Hospital board. Other Redpath children, from John’s second marriage (1835) – and thus Taylor’s first cousins – would be early clients: Francis Robert (1846–1928), a director of the sugar refining company; Emily Jane Bonar (1853–1941), who married Henry T.
By the 1840s many young practitioners – including soon-to-be leaders of the profession – were learning Gothic Revival from Pugin’s books and works. George Gilbert Scott, the most successful of mid-Victorian architects, enthused: “I was awakened from my slumbers by the thunder of Pugin’s writings. I well remember the enthusiasm to which one of them excited me, one night when travelling by railway, in the first years of their existence. I was from that moment a new man. What for fifteen years had been a labour of love only, now became the one business, the one aim, the one overmastering object of my life.