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The Regency Country House: From the Archives of "Country Life" (Country Life) [Paperback]

John Martin Robinson
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25 Oct 2008

The Regency Country House is the twelfth in what The Sunday Telegraph called ‘the magisterial Aurum Press series based on beautiful… photographs from the archives of Country Life’. As critics recognised on publication of the original hardback edition, it is the first book to provide a comprehensive survey of the key English country houses of 1800 to 1830. The book is divided into three parts: it looks first at the princely palaces and houses associated with the Prince Regent, from Brighton Pavilion to Buckingham Palace, then at nobleman's houses such as Tregothnan, Eastnor Castle and Goodwood and finally at gentleman's residences such as Southill, Bedfordshire and Sheringham, Norfolk. The duotone and colour illustrations, the work of some of Britain’s leading architectural photographers, show work by leading country houses architects including the Wyatt dynasty, Henry Holland, John Nash, Thomas Hopper, Humphry Repton and Sir John Soane—as well as regional designers such as Dobson of Newcastle and Webster of Kendal. John Martin Robinson will also be looking critically at important architectural themes of the Regency, from the development of the Graeco-Roman style associated originally with the Wyatts, the Gothic Revival, the Picturseque and cottage ornee and the role of Thomas Hope. Mid-20th century Country Life authors such as Christopher Hussey and Margaret Jourdain played a significant role in rediscovering and popularising the Regency period, a time when the English country house took on many of the qualities and attributes that we still take for granted today, and make Regency country houses as enjoyable to live in as when they were first built.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133528
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 24 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This [is a] stimulating and sumptuous study’

(Hugh Massingberd The Spectator )

‘[A] dazzlingly beautiful book’

(David Watkin Apollo )

About the Author

Dr John Martin Robinson is an historian and author whose many works include studies of the Wyatts and the architecture of recent country houses. Among his most recent books is The Regency Country House, published by Aurum. He serves as Maltravers Herald Extraordinary, one of Her Majesty's Officers of Arms, and is Librarian to the Duke of Norfolk.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 20 Feb 2009
By Otzlich
The book describes in an excellent way the country houses, their historical and social circumstances and the beautiful settings.

The pictures are utmost gorgeous and historical photographs excellent remodelled.

It describes palaces as well as brilliant designed places and their architectural and cultural background.

A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars scholarly text and excellent visuals 21 Feb 2011
By Stephen
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A treat, and highly recommended. A very superior picture book, with a typically well-researched text by the distinguished John Martin Robinson, which says a lot about social circumstances as well as architecture and design. The pictures themselves are lovely, and the selection of houses not always as expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable source 14 Feb 2012
By Kathy
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I bought this book as a present for my husband, who is particularly interested in the Regency period. It is very well illustrated and is a valuable resource for anyone who would like to recreate the style and ambience of those times.
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the colour shots in this book (mine is a paperback) are quite excellent. I recommend it to anyone interested in the later Georgian period - price-wise the paperback (which is substantial and not flimsy) makes it a very good buy
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