An example of vertical proportion from the flower stem of the “Alisma Plantago”

John Ruskin

R. P. Cuff, engraver


2 5/16 x 1 1/2 inches

Plate XII, Fig. 5, The Seven Lamps of Architecture in Works, 8.199

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

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As the "Index to the Plates" (8.xvii) points out, the following pasaage refers to this plate:

One more principle of Proportion I have to name, equally simple, equally neglected. Proportion is between three terms at least. Hence, as the pinnacles are not enough without the spire, so neither the spire without the pinnacles. All men feel this, and usually express their feeling by saying that the pinnacles conceal the junction of the spire and tower. [continued below]