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The English Country House (Country Life Magazine) [Hardcover]

Mary Miers
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10 Sep 2009 Country Life Magazine
"The English Country House" takes a look at the architecture and interiors of sixty-two stunning houses in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries--from the medieval Stokesay Castle to the newly built, Lutyens-inspired Corfe Farm--brought to life through the world-renowned photography library of "Country Life." More than four hundred color and black and white illustrations provide an insight into the architecture, decoration, gardens, and landscape settings of these houses, which are set into their architectural and historical context by the accompanying text and extended captions. The book provides an "entree "into the houses to which "Country Life "has had privileged access over the years, many of which are still private homes, often occupied by descendants of the families that built them. Punctuating the book at intervals in the form of booklets on rich, uncoated paper are six essays by leading British architectural historians that set the English country house into its social context and chart the changing tastes in decorating and collecting, the development of ancillary buildings, gardens and landscapes, and finally, its influence in the United States.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (10 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830572
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 11.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...covering the architecture and interiors of 62 spectacular houses in a range of styles spanning seven centuries, from medieval Stokesay Castle to the newly built, Lutyesn-inspired Corfe Farm.
--Country Life, 2009

Country Life's unparalleled archive of beautifully photographed, mainly English, country houses comes into its own... The book's strength is in paying sufficient attention to each house to provide a real feel for the splendid range of English styles and tastes...
--The Sunday Telegraph - Seven, 29 November 2009

...A book like this, published in 2010, could easily have been a lament. The fact that it is a celebration one among many but far better than most, says a great deal about the resilience of the English country house and the culture it represents.
--The Georgian, August 2010

About the Author

Mary Miers is architectural writer, arts and books editor for "Country Life." Her previous career was in architectural conservation, and she established and ran Scotland's Buildings at Risk Register in the 1990s. Her books include "The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide" and "American Houses: The Architecture of Fairfax & Sammons." Her home is in the Highlands of Scotland. Marcus Binney is an architectural journalist well-known for his work in the British conservation movement. Tim Knox is director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London. Jeremy Musson is a former architectural editor of "Country Life." Tim Richardson is a former gardens editor of "Country Life." John Martin Robinson is the author of several books on British architecture. Geoffrey Tyack is the director of the Stanford University Centre in Oxford.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The romance of the English Country House 17 Oct 2010
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Mary Miers has made a selection of 62 English Country Houses as featured in Country Life since about 1980, when beautiful colour photographs were used for the first time. The houses are arranged in a loosely chronological order and are predominantly large and grand. However a few houses such as Beckside are of a more modest scale, built by skilled local craftsmen according the popular builders' pattern books of the day. All photographs are of very high quality, as can be expected from Country Life. In addition to the introduction by Mary Miers there are 6 essays by leading historians presented in the form of small booklets at intervals in the book. This book has primarily been made for the American market and can be seen as complementary to the many books of Aurum Press on Country Houses also based on the archives of Country Life, but mainly from the earlier period with mostly high quality black and white photographs. For a modest price you will get a beautiful coffee table book to dream of a rich and romantic life in the English countryside.
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This is one of the very best of the several high quality English country house picture books. And, the photos are very well chosen -- with lots of excellent interior shots especially useful to anyone restoring an historic English country house. This book is a must for those interested in this subject matter. The only criticism I have, and which applies to essentially all of these books, is that coverage focuses on the higher end country houses. Personally, I would prefer greater orientation to the more average country homes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 Mar 2010
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Great book, especially because its not all the most well known houses we see again.
Photos and text just fine, layout too, I would have loved even more houses but its quite a brick already!
The idea about the chapters in a different size maybe a bit akward - but works okay.
I cannot get enough of this subject, so bring them on. And especially the lesser known and smaller houses who might not draw so much attention but are as interesting as the ones we already know so well. Thanks Mary!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny! 17 Jan 2011
By FiMcC
A wonderful, high quality volume - clearly very carefully researched (the accompanying images are fantastic) and written in an easy to read, informative style.
Worth every penny!
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21 of 38 people found the following review helpful
The stately Homes of England,
How beautiful they stand,
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
O'er all the pleasant land!

or in Noel Coward's words of parody:

The stately homes of England,
How beautiful they stand,
To prove the upper classes
Have still the upper hand.

Or in Coward revised lyrics for Las Vegas

The stately homes of England,
We proudly represent;
We only keep them up
For Americans to rent....

This is Country Life's archive of beautifully photographed country houses Mary Miers gives an excellent history of the development of the country house, supported by essays from architectural historians such as John Martin Robinson and Tim Knox. 62 houses from seven centuries are covered.

Well, how you want to look at them - the Country Houses are just devine and to dream about. This book is a book to relax on the sofa, cup of tea, biscuit and move into your dream world. If one can not afford the luxury of a country house, well isn' t this the next best. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too.
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