Great Houses of England & Wales

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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 ...
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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, especially 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780847818242
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/15/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 12.92 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd began writing about country houses and their owners in the 1960s. The instigator and editor of an index covering some ten thousand country houses in the British Isles, he was also the author of Blenheim Revisited, Family Seats, Great British Families, Royal Palaces of Europe, and (with Christopher Simon Sykes) Great Houses of Scotland, Great Houses of Ireland, and English Manor Houses. He was also well known as a regular contributor of heritage columns to The Field and the Daily Telegraph, and wrote for The Spectator, Town and Country, Harpers & Queen and numerous other magazines. Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd died in 2007.

Christopher Simon Sykes specializes in the photography of architecture and interiors. The author of a number of books including Private Palaces, Black Sheep, Country House Camera and Ancient English Houses, his photographs also appear regularly in many periodicals, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, the Telegraph Magazine, and Harpers & Queen. The Big House, a biography of Sledmere, his family's house in Yorkshire, was published in 2013.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2004

    Slightly Dissapointing

    I was really hoping for more in this book. There are no floorplans when they should be there to help understand the house better, and, while the photos are gorgeous, most of them leave much to be desired as they only cover things like detailed decoration or furnishings, and seldom a whole room is pictured. Otherwise, it's very imformative to the historical backround of each house pictured in it.

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