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English Country House Interiors Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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On lovely, thick pages fourteen iconic English Country Houses are featured celebrating diverse styles beginning with the Jacobean, traveling through the Baroque, Palladian, Regency, Gothic Revival to the Victorian. In the foreword of this book, the English country house is described by Sir Roy Strong:
"They are never showy on the outside. Exteriors are always concerned with sobriety and silhouette, which only heightens the revelation when the door is thrown open and the visitor enters to be astonished by the dazzling opulence within."
The rooms in this book ARE a revelation--there are about 15 full-page and half-page photos of each home featuring rooms, details of rooms, chapels and noteworthy paintings, carvings, and sculpture in the homes. There is also an exterior view of each home.
The book explains that the English country house had a purpose beyond meaning to impress. They were, in the words of Strong, "cultural oases where it was possible to see Old Master paintings, antique sculpture, assemblies of rarities and substantial libraries, as well as collections of drawings, engravings and manuscripts." As England was ruled by a King/Queen subject to Parliament, the country house was more than a refuge for the owner, it was his power base. The King came to the owner's home, and stayed in the house's state rooms, not vice-versa.
There is a detailed history of each home from their inception to the present day by author/historian Jeremy Musson. You may want a timeline of English Royalty and a map of England to mentally place the homes as you read.Read more ›
It is a must-have reference for those of us who can only dream of living in such
rich interiors. It is wonderful for fireside reflections. I have stacks of book
on the English Country House, and this is by far the best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a truly gorgeous book. Worth a great deal more than priced on here.Published 6 months ago by UES Reader
Great info in text and plenty of beautiful photos showing houses/mansions. Checked it out from library but I would proudly own this book.Published 9 months ago by Tea&BookLover
Wonderfully done, and well researched. An amazing look into the stately homes of England. A great gift for anyone who is interested in historic decoration and design.Published on August 12, 2013 by A. Dessources
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