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Early Georgian interiors /
John Cornforth.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2004.
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360 p.
ISBN
0300103301 (cl : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 2004.
isbn
0300103301 (cl : alk. paper)
contents note
Aspects of early Georgian fashion and taste -- The uses of rooms and changing social practice, 1685-1760 -- The primacy of upholstery -- Aspects of display -- The significance of William Kent and the development of architectural decoration -- Parade, comfort, and variety in interiors, 1740-1760 -- The rise of historical thinking -- The role of pictures in decoration -- The influence of the Orient -- Planning and sequences of decoration, 1720-1760.
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5372009
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-05-15:
Cornforth's previous work, English Decoration in the 18th Century, written for the Historic Buildings Representatives of the National Trust as a resource for their restoration and care of homes of that time, is considered a classic. This book narrows his focus to examine the artistic, sociological, and historical influences that shaped the interior decoration of large country houses built in England between 1685 and 1760. In particular, Cornforth examines extant examples of these homes and concentrates on the work of William Kent as an architectural decorator. Illustrated with period paintings and furnishings, photographic reproductions (from Country Life magazine's Picture Library), and contemporary color photographs, this scholarly, authoritative work would be a worthwhile addition to large and academic collections as well as collections focusing on 18th-century British life. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
A detailed, perceptive, and beautifully illustrated investigation of interior decoration in Britain in the half century before 1760, this is the work of someone who studied the subject and wrote about it for Country Life for the last 40 years before his death in spring 2004. It is not a chronological account but rather examines the subject in a number of different ways, with the whole being an incomparable summary. Emphasizing such themes as the relation of clothes to furnishings; the crucial significance of painting collections; and the roles of upholstery, silver, color, and light, Cornforth discusses the nature of different rooms over the period, as well as the appeal of historicism and the Orient. Also considered are the contributions of specific architects, decorators, and patrons, especially landscape architect William Kent; those of amateurs and women; and the desire for both show and comfort. Cornforth concludes with thumbnail accounts of eight country houses where the original plans, decoration, and furnishings can be seen clearly enough to give us a beautiful picture of the total ensemble intended. Integral are the 458 illustrations, many in color; extensive notes; and detailed bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. D. Stillman emeritus, University of Delaware
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Summaries
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An authoritative and lavishly illustrated survey of the interiors of the grand houses of early eighteenth-century Britain. The interiors of the great country and town houses built in Britain in the eighteenth century were splendid creations, increasingly extravagant as fashions changed and aristocratic home owners attempted to outdo one another.
Main Description
The interiors of the great country and town houses built in Britain in the eighteenth century were splendid creations, increasingly extravagant as fashions changed and aristocratic home owners attempted to outdo one another. This gorgeous book surveys the decorative schemes of these fabulous homes, considering the combined effects created by design, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks.John Cornforth, the foremost authority on British interiors of this era, covers a wide range of subjects. He discusses changing social practice and the uses to which rooms were put; the way that fashions in dress mirrored fashions in interiors; the impact of chinoiserie and Eastern styles that became prevalent due to burgeoning trade; the primacy of upholstery in beds, curtains, wall hangings, seat furniture, and case covers; the influence of decorator William Kent; and the ways that collections of art were integrated into designs. And he concludes with detailed case studies of eight preeminent country houses.Engagingly written and generously illustrated, this book is certain to appeal to anyone who maintains, restores, or enjoys visiting historic houses.
Bowker Data Service Summary
John Cornforth explores the interiors of Early Georgian houses of Britain. It was a period when social practice was changing and with it the uses to which rooms were put, when fashions in dress mirrored fashions in interiors, and when burgeoning trade brought Eastern styles into British homes.
Description for Bookstore
This gorgeous book surveys the decorative schemes of the country and town houses built in Britain during the eighteenth century and considers the effects created by design, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks.
Main Description
The interiors of the great country and town houses built in Britain in the eighteenth century were splendid creations, increasingly extravagant as fashions changed and aristocratic home owners attempted to outdo one another. This gorgeous book surveys the decorative schemes of these fabulous homes, considering the combined effects created by design, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks. John Cornforth, the foremost authority on British interiors of this era, covers a wide range of subjects. He discusses changing social practice and the uses to which rooms were put; the way that fashions in dress mirrored fashions in interiors; the impact of chinoiserie and Eastern styles that became prevalent due to burgeoning trade; the primacy of upholstery in beds, curtains, wall hangings, seat furniture, and case covers; the influence of decorator William Kent; and the ways that collections of art were integrated into designs. And he concludes with detailed case studies of eight preeminent country houses. Engagingly written and generously illustrated, this book is certain to appeal to anyone who maintains, restores, or enjoys visiting historic houses.
Table of Contents
Aspects of early Georgian fashion and tastep. 1
The uses of rooms and changing social practice, 1685-1760p. 11
The primacy of upholsteryp. 75
Aspects of displayp. 107
William Kent and architectural decorationp. 135
Parade, comfort and variety, 1740-60p. 189
The rise of historical thinkingp. 215
The role of pictures in decorationp. 237
The influence of the Orient on decorationp. 251
Planning and sequences of decoration, 1720-60p. 273
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