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Regency Style (Life Style) Hardcover – Sep 1992


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; First Edition edition (Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714825220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714825229
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 26 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,832,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An outstanding work of reference and beauty.' (Interiors Magazine)

'The two [along with Adam Style] most stunning art books of the year.' (Sir Roy Strong, Sunday Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Steven Parissien is the Director of Sotheby's Institute, London. He is also the author of Station to Station, Adam Style and Palladian Style, all published by Phaidon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2011
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This volume lives up to the usual high-quality standards of the publisher Phaidon with its sumptuous colour reproductions and its generous proportions. There are as many (if not more) pages of illustrations as of text.

The book was purchased following a visit to the Brighton Pavilion. Steven Parissien was already known to this reviewer as the author of a similar book on `Adam Style', for which I have also written a review. Parissien is also known in both academia and popular history circles as an expert on George IV. Indeed, he was the historical adviser on Lucy Worsley's recent series for the BBC. That series focussed the Regency purely in its historical definition, namely 1811-1820, but Parissien's book on Regency style must perforce expand that decade to encapsulate the period 1780-1840. It thus forms a natural follow-on to a consideration of Adam's style, to which it was both an antithesis and - when taking the brief puritanical neo-classicist reaction into account - a synthesis.

Despite purchasing it in the Brighton Pavilion shop, its author says his book "does not include an analysis of the great houses of the great architects of Regency Britain"; instead, it "concentrates principally on the average house." This again accords with the Adam book, where the emphasis was very heavily towards the style rather than the work of the man or men who inspired it. But this sits uneasily with Parissien's later remark that, "More than at any other time in Britain's history, politics and particularly personalities affected design to a considerable extent."

The author chooses, alas, to steer clear of this aspect, although he does include brief biographical sketches of leading Regency designers - from Rudolph Ackermann to Sir Jeffry Wyatville - in his appendix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buckjumper on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a well-illustrated book taking the reader through a wide range of material in a balanced and illuminating way, with much useful information and intelligent observation.
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Extremely poor reproduction(high contrast black/white) of photographs making it near impossible ... 20 Jan. 2015
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Format: Hardcover
Lightweight survey of a fascinating architectural period in English history. Most if not all of the information could be gleaned from any fairly complete encyclopedia. Extremely poor reproduction(high contrast black/white) of photographs making it near impossible to discern details.
Quite disappointing and wildly over-priced for what it is.
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