Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: London 6: Public Buildings : Photo 30
The battle of the styles finally reached the House of Commons, where Palmerston on July 8, 1861, said, "Sir, the battle of the books, the battle of the Big and little Endeans, and the battle of the Green Ribands and the Blue Ribands at Constantinople were all as nothing compared with this battle of the Gothic and Palladian styles. If I were called upon to give an impartial opinion as to the issue of the conflict, I should say that the Gothic has been entirely defeated." He was wrong. He had won the battle of the day, but Gothic would not die so quickly.
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