I started my research by looking up several key words of the book I had already gotten to know in the previous weeks. The title of that book was „De la Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance et de la Décoration des Édifices en Général“ by J. F. Blondel. As I searched for „maison de plaisances“, „décoration des edifices“ and „Blondel“ in the search engine Alice, the same book kept coming up: „Eighteenth Century Architecture“ by Van Eck.
In the introduction of this book J. F. Blondel is cited and described as one of the major figures in 18th century architecture. Sir John Soane, a British architect, is compared to Blondel as he expressed that architecture is both an art and a science. J. F. Blondel really integrates this view in his work as he puts a lot of effort in decor. However his design is in no way casual, as it follows a certain logic and sense. Both Blondel and Soane are very aware of the importance that architecture has on society. Not just buildings and architects, but also the client and the public are fundamental. The book by Van Eck is subdivided in these exact parts: Part I is about the architect, the public and the patron, only part II is about the architectural discourse.