The English Country House

The English Country House

From the Archives of Country Life

Book - 2009
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The English Country House takes a look at the architecture and interiors of sixty-two stunning houses in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries--from the medieval Stokesay Castle to the newly built, Lutyens-inspired Corfe Farm--brought to life through the world-renowned photography library of Country Life . More than four hundred color and black and white illustrations provide an insight into the architecture, decoration, gardens, and landscape settings of these houses, which are set into their architectural and historical context by the accompanying text and extended captions.

The book provides an entrée into the houses to which Country Life has had privileged access over the years, many of which are still private homes, often occupied by descendants of the families that built them. Punctuating the book at intervals in the form of booklets on rich, uncoated paper are six essays by leading British architectural historians that set the English country house into its social context and chart the changing tastes in decorating and collecting, the development of ancillary buildings, gardens and landscapes, and finally, its influence in the United States.
Publisher: New York, NY : Rizzoli International Publications, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780847830572
0847830578
Branch Call Number: 728.8 Miers 10/2009
Characteristics: 484 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ;,29 cm.
Alternative Title: Country life (London, England)

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Biblitz
Feb 13, 2019

Readers of British Country Life, one of the world's oldest publications, an escape into the world of P.G. Wodehouse - no Canadian or U.S. equivalent - not even close - will delight in this giant, hefty tome. This is how one discovers what a massive undertaking it is to inhabit and - ugh - maintain one of these palaces - why so many of the Wodehouse earls couldn't wait to be shot of the miserable places and then escape to a simpler life in America, as Plum so famously did.

True afficionados such as Biblitz might also peruse the works of Howard Colvin hidden in the bowels of UBC's Koerner Library. Colvin was a better writer than Mary Miers, it must be said, though his books are also very bloody heavy! Tough nuts weary of the 'climate change' junk science nonsense will especially enjoy tours of castles that show a medieval Britain as wine growers. There is ample evidence that today's gin slingers were once the possessors of revered vineyards. There is a wealth of information in an old castle and its gardens - an excellent holiday without the trouble of travel or work. Highly recommended.

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