The romantic interior : the British collector at home, 1750-1850 /
Clive Wainwright.
New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1989.
vi, 314 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
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New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1989.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-308) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-03:
As its subtitle suggests, this beautifully illustrated book is much less concerned with architecture and design than with a particular aspect of British collecting and patronage between 1750 and 1850. The term "romantic interior" is not a stylistic one, but refers to houses whose owners were motivated to recreate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance by furnishing their rooms with period "antiques" and art objects. The heart of the book is a richly detailed and well-documented account of five remarkable houses and the passionate collectors who furnished them in this way: Strawberry Hill (Horace Walpole), Fonthill Abbey (William Beckford), Abbotsford (Sir Walter Scott), Charlecote Park (George and Mary Elizabeth Lucy), and Goodrich Court (Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick). There are highly informative chapters on the antiquarian collecting tradition in Britain and on the trade in antiques and furnishings. As Assistant Keeper in the Department of Furniture and Interior Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wainwright is uniquely qualified to write this fascinating study of a neglected but significant aspect of the Gothic Revival and, more generally, the Romantic movement. With its 272 illustrations (39 in color), its extensive notes, and detailed index, this is an important work of scholarship for all research libraries and for most college collections. -J. Riely, Boston University
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