Early Georgian Interiors highlights Britain’s 18th century country and town homes. The period was noted for its “one upmanship” in home design. Consequently, home interiors, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks were elaborate and expensive.
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The author discusses not only the interiors but the changing social practice and the uses to which rooms were put; the way fashions in dress copied those of interiors; the impact of chinoiserie and eastern styles during the period; the primacy of upholstery in beds, curtains, wall hangings, seat furniture and case covers and the way collections of art were integrated into designs. The influence of decorator William Kent is included. Detailed studies of eight country houses are featured.
This beautifully illustrated book (300 black and white and 200 colour photos) is not to be missed by interior designers, historians, historic house aficionados, and anyone interested in learning more about what they are seeing when visiting a historic home of the period.
John Cornforth (deceased) was considered to be the foremost authority on British interiors of the Georgian period and was the author of many books on country home interiors. He contributed to Country Life magazine for many years.
The book contains extensive notes and a thorough bibliography.
Yale University Press
Published February, 2005 in US