Nancy Lancaster: Her Life, Her World, Her Art

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Great houses, exquisite gardens, a glittering society. This was the world of Nancy Lancaster: aristocrat, a woman of wit and edge whose inborn decorating genius culminated in her creation of the style chintz, elegance, cozy clutter that flourishes today as the English Country look. We see her astonishing houses and estates - in Virginia and in England - and watch as she brings them beautifully to life with her maverick eye and exquisite taste. We see her among her family and servants living at Mirador, the ...
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Great houses, exquisite gardens, a glittering society. This was the world of Nancy Lancaster: aristocrat, a woman of wit and edge whose inborn decorating genius culminated in her creation of the style chintz, elegance, cozy clutter that flourishes today as the English Country look. We see her astonishing houses and estates - in Virginia and in England - and watch as she brings them beautifully to life with her maverick eye and exquisite taste. We see her among her family and servants living at Mirador, the idyllic Virginia manor owned by her grandfather Langhorne. And we come to understand how those years so crucially affected her vision of home, of comfort, of style. We watch as Nancy, orphaned at the age of fifteen, is raised by her celebrated aunt Irene Langhorne Gibson, the original Gibson Girl, and becomes a debutante in Richmond, Newport and New York, as well as a member of the first class to be graduated from Foxcroft. We follow her to London to the house of another aunt, Nancy Astor, the first woman to be a member of the House of Commons. We see her in the company of prime ministers and diplomats, developing a flair for decorating and interior design as she watches Lady Astor breathe life into the stolid English interiors of her Buckinghamshire country house, Cliveden. Nancy Lancaster forged a path all her own, becoming, out of her passion of comfort and her desire to recapture the Virginia of her childhood, one of the century's important leaders in interior decoration and design. Her own voice, mingling fluently with the author's, makes us see and feel the beauty she created - in a book that brings alive a vanished world and an irresistible personality.

Great houses, exquisite gardens, a glittering society--this was the world, for 93 years, of Nancy Lancaster: aristocrat, free spirit, a woman of wit and edge whose inborn decorating genius culminated in her creation of the style chintz, elegance, cozy clutter that flourishes today as the English Country look. 152 photos; 16-page color insert.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lancaster, who died in 1994 at the age of 93, was a decorator and designer who specialized in stately homes and their gardens. Her elegant biography-which has all the earmarks of an officially sanctioned work-is, like its subject, something of an elaborately maintained anachronism, in which meticulously described rooms are far more important than the people who inhabit them. Lancaster was born in Virginia. One of her aunts became Lady Astor, another the wife of artist Charles Dana Gibson (and a prototype of the Gibson Girl). After a brief marriage to a Marshall Field heir, she married Ronald Tree, a future Conservative member of Parliament, settled in England and turned her hand to interior decoration. After two sons and Nancy's nervous breakdown, the Tree marriage ended in divorce and she married a Colonel Lancaster, who is described as ``a cad.'' Becker, a contributor to Interview and House Beautiful, built his uncritical bio around his subject's own chatty mini-autobiography, which runs in boldface through the book in much the same way that the words of Jesus appear in red type in some editions of the New Testament. Photos. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Considered one of the grande dames of interior design, Lancaster created, through her firm Colefax and Fowler, the "English country look" of faded elegance accented with flowers and chintz. Born a Langhorne of Virginia (her aunts included Nancy Astor, the first female Member of Parliament, and Irene Gibson, whose illustrator husband immortalized her as the Gibson Girl), Nancy married Ronald Tree and lived her adult life in English society, where she earned her reputation from the decoration of her own homes. Journalist Becker allows Lancaster to tell her own story, focusing on her homes and gardens while giving an entertaining description of wealthy Anglo-American life during the 20th century. Appropriate for larger biography and design collections.-Gayle A. Williamson, formerly with Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Brad Hooper
Nancy Lancaster (18971994) was a daughter of one of the famous Langhorne sisters of Virginia, one of whom became Lady Astor, the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, while another married illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and became the original so-called Gibson girl, a "look" popular after the turn of the century. Nancy was born on the Langhorne family estate, over which her grandfather, a Confederate veteran, reigned as benevolent monarch. Excerpts of her memoir alternate with excerpts of biographical narrative by writer Becker to reveal luscious details of a life of privilege--from birth through childhood, to schooling in Europe, to a first marriage to the grandson of Chicago magnate Marshall Field, to a subsequent marriage to a handsome, rich Englishman, to her development as a noted interior decorator and garden designer. This is excellent social history but of a rarefied kind; not all readers will be interested in this tale of upper-class living, well presented though it is.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394567914
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/13/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.46 (d)

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