The Profession of Architecture

Like music, poetry, and painting, architecture was considered as one of the arts. Due to this, it is usually represented by emblematic woman figures or kids possessing architectural sketches, compasses, and set squares in unrealistic locations.

Holding their job instruments such as a design, drawing tools or fishing equipment, together with a building model or being seated on their sketching board, architects try to portray these elements on most of their drawings.

During the eighteenth century, architects needed to be portrayed as a nobleman with just minor indications to their actual work because it was hard for them to make their work as an occupation instead of as a job.

Portrait of a Man (probably Francis Smith, the architect of the Court House)

Later on, however, as they got more confident and adventurous, architects have managed to show themselves on sites with construction sites or buildings at the background.

 

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