from the archives of Country Life Magazine
Country Life magazine has published, over the past 100 years, articles on Britain’s country homes. Author John Martin Robinson has used the resources of these articles to compile a survey of the key English country houses dating from the 1790s to 1830, the Regency period. The architectural themes of the period are examined.
The Regency period takes its name from the Prince Regent, later George IV, from 1811 to 1820. His support influenced architectural and décor of the time. This is the period when country houses were used for entertaining and billiard rooms, breakfast rooms, and library-living rooms were considered important features.
In section one, the book spotlights grand Regency architecture: palaces and houses with a connection to royalty. These include Brighton pavilion, Windsor castle, Buckingham palace, Chatsworth, and Belvoir castle.
The second section of the book is about the enormous castles and homes built by the aristocrats of the time. Examples are Eaton hall, Eastnor castle, Penrhyn castle, Ickworth, and Tregothnan.
Finally, in section three, gentlemen’s houses are looked at. Sheringham Hall, Luscombe, Sezincote, Belsay, and Southill are included.
Information is provided on the country house architects Holland, John Nash, Robert Smirke, Humphry Repton, Sir John Soane, and others.
This beautifully illustrated book contains two hundred colour and black and white photographs. It is highly recommended for those with an interest in the art, architecture, or décor of England and the history of the period. Visitors to the houses will also appreciate the book’s wealth of information that makes their tour more meaningful.
The author is a leading historian of the British country house and has been a consultant on many of their restorations. He has contributed to Country Life magazine for 30 years and is presently vice chairman of the Georgian group.
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ISBN: 1 84513 053 7
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