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Lancaster House : London's greatest town house /
James Yorke.
London : Merrell ; New York : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. through St. Martin's Press, c2001.
192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
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London : Merrell ; New York : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. through St. Martin's Press, c2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-189) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
"I come from my house to your palace." Queen Victoria's statement on the suggested grandeur of Lancaster House tellingly includes its architecture, interior design and decoration, and even its owners. Yorke (assistant curator, Victoria and Albert Museum) portrays an almost extinct style of living using an extant architectural form: the town house. His purpose is to paint a portrait of the town house as a power base and a center of prestigious social life. Unequivocally, Yorke succeeds. Through evolutionary chapters, he traces this house's use and design as well as the reasons for change from its beginning in 1825 to the key residence of the Duke of Sutherland to the London Museum and present governmental use. Well researched, and illustrated with a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photographs and historical lithographs, Lancaster House is focused and specialized in its portrayal of one example of a once-myriad number of London town houses. This effort, combined with the presentation, format, and layout of the book, makes this work a definite complement to such books as the two by Mark Girouard, Life in the English Country House (CH, Feb'79) and The English Town (CH, Feb'91). Notes. Graduate students through professionals. L. B. Sickels-Taves Eastern Michigan University
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Lancaster House stands comparison with the greatest of the Italian city palazzi and is one of the last surviving town houses on the grand scale left in London. It boasts a wealth of fine architectural detail and an important art collection.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Lancaster House unravels the processes of construction, decoration, & design, & traces the many transformations in function that the house has undergone since its heyday -- from home to museum to prestigious venue for international summit meetings.
Unpaid Annotation
Lancaster House is one of the finest surviving examples of a nineteenth-century London town house; these houses rivalled the great Italian palazzi when Britain was the most powerful nation on earth and its capital city the richest. Lancaster House unravels the processes of construction, decoration and design, tracing the many transformations in function that the house has undergone.
Unpaid Annotation
The history, design, and construction of one of London's most illustrious private houses.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
From York House to Stafford Housep. 15
"The Revived Taste of Louis the Fourteenth"p. 51
"From my House to your Palace"p. 85
A "Most Celebrated Private Gallery of Art"p. 119
From Stafford House to Lancaster Housep. 153
Conclusionp. 177
Notes, Select Bibliography and Picture Creditsp. 184
Indexp. 190
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