SARAGOSA. WOOD COR[NICE]
Saragosa seems to have been a
disappointment to Bayne, as it was to Street before him. Both make
disparaging remarks about the city and complain of little good work
to see. Street states, "I returned from Huesca to the railway and
then to Zaragoza, hoping that, notwithstanding all it had suffered
from wars and sieges, something might still be found to reward examination.
I have seen no city in Spain which is more imposing in the distance,
and yet less interesting on near acquaintance....But whether the
French in their sieges destroyed everything, or whether it is that
the city is too prosperous to allow old things to stand in the way,
it is certainly the fact that but few old buildings do stand, and
that none of them are of first-rate interest."* The collection's
three drawings in the small format indicate that Bayne found a greater
interest in the details of domestic architecture here rather than
in religious and civic structures of the city. The carved cornices
with their tile roofs can be compared to the cornices of the buildings
in Seville and Toledo shown in the photographs.
This is a sketch of another cornice
to a house in Saragosa. In the lower centre, Bayne notes, "painting
accurate [?] on this frieze." In the upper right he includes details
of the front and side views which are marked with labels and letters.
In the side view, Bayne has added another inscription, "This rafter
is on piece a." The number and monogram are in the upper and lower
left corners, and the place and date in the lower right.
* Street, Gothic Architecture
in Spain, Vol. 2, 164-165.
Photo: Projecting cornice, Seville, p. 101, Arch. Det.
Photo: Hooded entrance, Toledo, p. 39, Arch. Det.
SARAGOSA. CORNICE TO
HOUSE. NEAR TO TOWER
This partially completed sketch
shows a more elaborate cornice than that in U994.30.58.
In addition to his monogram and number in the lower and upper left
corners, Bayne has added the place and date in the lower right corner:
"Saragosa. Cor[nice] to House. near to Tower. Jan. 11.65." The upper
right corner includes a detail of the section of the cornice.