Architecture and Image-Building in Seventeenth-Century Hertfordshire

Architecture and Image-Building in Seventeenth-Century Hertfordshire

by Paul M. Hunneyball
     
 

The seventeenth century witnessed a radical and far-reaching transformation in English architecture, as new and purer forms of classical design became firmly established, sweeping away earlier fashions. Using Hertfordshire as a case study, Hunneyball's ground-breaking interdisciplinary study reveals how this dramatic change came about, by reconstructing for the

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Overview

The seventeenth century witnessed a radical and far-reaching transformation in English architecture, as new and purer forms of classical design became firmly established, sweeping away earlier fashions. Using Hertfordshire as a case study, Hunneyball's ground-breaking interdisciplinary study reveals how this dramatic change came about, by reconstructing for the first time a complete cross-section of building activity in a single county. This book reconstructs the complete built landscape—not just houses but churches, monuments and almshouses—to reveal a competitive and visually sensitive environment in which people at al social levels exploited architectural display to enhance their personal image.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199263868
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/26/2004
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Architecture as a Mirror of Society20
3Patrons and the Exercise of Choice54
4Stylistic Innovation: Processes and Constraints72
5Stylistic Dissemination: Strategies and Perceptions95
6Community Projects and the Limits of Elite Display130
7Taste and Aspirations at Sub-Gentry Level148
8Styles and Meanings169
Conclusion185
Glossary188
Bibliography190
Index207

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