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Great Houses of England and Wales (Universe…
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Great Houses of England and Wales (Universe Architecture Series) (1994 original; edició 2000)

de Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd (Autor)

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Presented here are thirty-two notable buildings and their estates that represent a characteristically English combination of architectural splendor and domestic comfort. This chronological selection presents a panoramic history of the evolution of the great house from Elizabethan through Edwardian times and up to the present ongoing battle for preservation. Acknowledged architectural masterpieces as well as lesser-known houses represent the work of Inigo Jones, Sir John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor, and Robert Adam among many other celebrated architects. The photographs, specially taken for this volume, show the familiar as well as the unexpected. In addition to splendid state rooms, grand exteriors and gardens there are photographs of private rooms and servants' quarters. These illuminating photographs offer access to the houses from an insider's point of view, presenting contemporary homes rather than museum interiors. The informed text combines architectural and social history with the individual stories of the great families and the houses they created, where their descendants in many cases still live today. Full of memorable characters and anecdotal insight, this book is a glorious tribute to what Evelyn Waugh in his preface to Brideshead Revisited called Britain's chief national artistic achievement.… (més)
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Títol:Great Houses of England and Wales (Universe Architecture Series)
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Great Houses of England & Wales (1994) is a coffee-table picture book written by one Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd (say it twice fast), better known as the "father of the modern British obituary", the kind that are irreverent and funny. In addition to obituaries he also wrote bourgeois guides to the British upper-crust with titles like The London Ritz and Heritage of Royal Britain that do exactly what they say on the tin - and so it is with this volume that looks at 25 residences (castles, halls, houses) built between the 13th and 18th centuries.

The pictures are fantastic, by photographer Christopher Simon Sykes. The accompanying text is uneven, sometimes inspired superlatives ("one of the great rooms of the world"), other times boring aristocratic genealogy that numbingly goes on for pages. My favorites include the library in Alnwick Castle (p.18), if I ever win the lottery, this will be the room I re-create, it's my favorite room in the book. Haddon Hall is my favorite home overall, including the incredible Banqueting Hall ca. 1370 (p.22), it has the Romantic look of the Middle Ages. The Baron's Hall (p.40) at Penshurst Place is atmospheric, the kind of place long haired kings carve roasted meat off a spit with a sword. The most curious picture is p.145 showing the Duke of Devonshire asleep on his couch surrounded by a mess of daily papers - no doubt after reading the obituary section. ( )
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Presented here are thirty-two notable buildings and their estates that represent a characteristically English combination of architectural splendor and domestic comfort. This chronological selection presents a panoramic history of the evolution of the great house from Elizabethan through Edwardian times and up to the present ongoing battle for preservation. Acknowledged architectural masterpieces as well as lesser-known houses represent the work of Inigo Jones, Sir John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor, and Robert Adam among many other celebrated architects. The photographs, specially taken for this volume, show the familiar as well as the unexpected. In addition to splendid state rooms, grand exteriors and gardens there are photographs of private rooms and servants' quarters. These illuminating photographs offer access to the houses from an insider's point of view, presenting contemporary homes rather than museum interiors. The informed text combines architectural and social history with the individual stories of the great families and the houses they created, where their descendants in many cases still live today. Full of memorable characters and anecdotal insight, this book is a glorious tribute to what Evelyn Waugh in his preface to Brideshead Revisited called Britain's chief national artistic achievement.

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