Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
Release Date: 2016-09-27
Genre: Country homes
The definitive book on the most influential English country house architect and designer. This beautifully produced book celebrates the work of Robert Adam, the great eighteenth-century architect who influenced generations by stamping his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic vision on the English country house interior. Lavish new photography provides a deeply visual exploration of Adam's most important surviving country houses, to which the author and photographer gained unparalleled access. Included are magnificent country houses such as Syon House and Harewood House--styled and inspired by the ideal of the neoclassical--as well as Adam's castle-style Mellerstain and town houses such as Home House-- all captured in splendid detail. Original Adam design drawings, from Sir John Soane's Museum, illustrate the boldness of planning, color, and creative interpretation of Adam's domestic interiors. A biographical and contextual account of Adam's life and work describes his unique design process, his patrons, and the legacy of his design achievement. This richly illustrated volume will appeal to designers and homeowners as well as traditional architecture enthusiasts, promising to become an important addition to any architecture and interior design library.
Author: Priscilla R. Roosevelt
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 1997-09-01
This lavishly illustrated book is the first in any language to explore fully the vanished world of the Russian country estate. Russian studies scholar Priscilla Roosevelt brings to life these magnificent aristocratic dwellings, discussing their origins, design, and decoration; the social, family, and cultural life within their walls; and their demise after the 1917 revolution. 72 color & 158 b&w illustrations.
Henbury Hall in Cheshire has been described as the most beautiful house built in Britain in the last hundred years. This late 20th-century house rises from the rolling contours of its ancient parkland as a Palladian masterpiece of symmetry, elegance, and simplicity. Full of intriguing historic references, its form both venerable and familiar, it is unique in the story of 20th-century British architecture. Writing in Country Life in 2002, Jeremy Musson highlighted the enduring English love affair with the Palladian tradition, which, for lovers of classic country houses, makes "a first sight of the great villas of the Veneto feel like coming home." For the de Ferranti family, the Veneto was indeed home. So perhaps it is hardly surprising that when Sebastian de Ferranti (1927-2015), came to realize his vision for his house it should be based on Palladio's villa La Rotunda at Vicenza. Henbury Hall was designed by Julian Bicknell and Felix Kelly and built in the mid-1980s, with interior design by David Mlinaric. This book, drawing on more than 30 years of superb photography, is the complementary vision of Sebastian de Ferranti's widow, Gilly de Ferranti, her tribute to her husband's creation, and as beautiful a book as Henbury Hall is a house.
Author: Frank N. Magill
Release Date: 2013-09-13
Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at the end of each essay provides a synopsis of the individual's place in history. All entries conclude with a fully annotated bibliography.
Author: National National Trust
Release Date: 2014-12-04
Baddesley Clinton was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. This long history can be read in its walls. The model of a medieval moated manor house, Baddesley Clinton has much to tell us about England's historical architecture, although interpreting all that history can be a challenge.This guidebook is intended as a companion to your visit and also to help you read the trickier-to-read sections of the building's history. Indeed, Baddesley Clinton is full of intriguing corners and secret hiding places. Constant in their adherence to the Roman Catholic faith, the Ferrers family made their home a sanctuary not only for them, but also for persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters here during the 1590s.The stories of the house inspired the residents who came later, including Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian. Proud of his family's history, he filled the house with coats of arms in stained glass, carved oak and stone. Later still, a group of artists came to Baddesley Clinton and found it a source of great inspiration; after them a couple who devoted their energies to restoring what you see today, before giving it to the National Trust for safekeeping. This house has inspired people in many ways, and with the devotion to its care now the task of the Trust, it's hoped it will inspire many more.
Author: Peter De Bolla
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Release Date: 2003
The Education of the Eye examines the origins of visual culture in eighteenth-century Britain, setting out to reclaim visual culture for the democracy of the eye and to explain how aesthetic contemplation may, once more, be open to all who have eyes to look.
Author: Jocelyn Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2018-02-22
Over the course of the long 18th century, many of England's grandest country houses became known for displaying noteworthy architecture and design, large collections of sculptures and paintings, and expansive landscape gardens and parks. Although these houses continued to function as residences and spaces of elite retreat, they had powerful public identities: increasingly accessible to tourists and extensively described by travel writers, they began to be celebrated as sites of great importance to national culture. This book examines how these identities emerged, repositioning the importance of country houses in 18th-century Britain and exploring what it took to turn them into tourist attractions. Drawing on travel books, guidebooks, and dozens of tourists' diaries and letters, it explores what it meant to tour country houses such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Wilton, Kedleston and Burghley in the tumultuous 1700s. It also questions the legacies of these early tourists: both as a critical cultural practice in the 18th century and an extraordinary and controversial influence in British culture today, country-house tourism is a phenomenon that demands investigation.
Author: Anthony Sutcliffe
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2006
London is one of the world’s greatest cities, and its architecture is a unique heritage. The Tower of London is an urban castle unique in Europe, St Paul’s is one of the world’s greatest domed cathedrals, and the squares and crescents of the West End inspired Haussmann’s Paris. In London, it is the variety of the streets, buildings, and parks that strikes the visitor. No king or government has ever set its mark here. Private ownership has shaped the city, and architects have served a wide variety of clients. London’s Classical era produced an elegant townscape between 1600 and 1830, but medieval, Tudor, and Victorian London were a potpourri of buildings large and small, each making its own design statement. In London: An Architectural History Anthony Sutcliffe takes the reader through two thousand years of architecture from the sublime to the mundane. With over 300 color illustrations the book is intended for the general reader and especially those visiting London for the first time.