Piranesi, and de Quincey’s architectural pipe-dreams

February 3rd, 2019 § 0 comments

Piranesi, and de Quincey’s architectural pipe-dreams

Do you dream of architecture?

Thomas de Quincey did, although he blamed it on dope. The original English Opium Eater, de Quincey found his drug-induced dreams were of elaborate buildings:

In the early stage of my malady the splendours of my dreams were indeed chiefly architectural; and I beheld such pomp of cities and palaces as was never yet beheld by the waking eye unless in the clouds.

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