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The Inspiration of the Past: Country House Taste in the Twentieth Century

Cornforth, John

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ISBN 10: 0670801801 / ISBN 13: 9780670801800
Editorial: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1986
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Título: The Inspiration of the Past: Country House ...

Editorial: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1986

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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The twentieth century has seen an extraordinacy blossoming of enthusiasm for country houses, and, while on the one hand it has been a period of destruction and dispersal, it has also been a period of restoration, decoration and preservation as well as new building. In recent years the country house has had an influence on taste and fashion in decoration in both Great Britain and North America. This book concentrates on the rise of interior decoration as it is now understood. From the early twentieth-century enthusiasm for the interiors of medieval and Tudor houses such as Lytes Cary, Westwood and Cothay, followed by the rediscovery of eighteenth-century houses such as Kelmarsh, Ditchley and Buxted and of the Regency style in the 1920s and 1930s; it continues the story through the depress¬ed condition of country houses in 1945 to the recovery of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, illustrated by, among other houses, Ramsbury, Haseley and Leixlip. It is a book about people as well as places and it explores the connection between the concern of individuals for their houses and the development of the National Trust's involvement with country houses since the mid-1930s. The principal figure in the book is John Fowler, the interior decorator, who died in 1977. Through his work in the thirty years after 1945 and his unconventional partnership with Mrs Lancaster, herself a considerable influence on taste in houses on both sides of the Atlantic, he had a remarkable influence on the look of country houses, on their decoration and their restoration, and in the last ten years of his life he made an important contribution to the houses of the National Trust, particularly through what he did at Shugborough, Sudbury and Clandon. Since his death his style has continued to influence decoration.

From Publishers Weekly:

Cornforth's long career on the staff of England's Country Life and his membership in the National Trust give him an appropriate background for his elegant, impressive discourse on the extremely stately homes depicted in this volume. The British "country house" includes palaces, castles and vast structures with many lofty rooms, unlike any dwelling in America. Splendid color and black-and-white photos illustrate chapters on the restoration and preservation of these marvelous homes in the British Isles. Concentrating on aspects of interior design, the author pays tribute to the late John Fowler, whose charming and beautiful furnishings delight the eye. As Fowler intended, his interior decoration is "well behaved yet free from too many rules." His rooms bespeak graciousness and "a logical compromise between comfort and appearance."
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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