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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture) [Hardcover]

Susan Weber
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3 Sep 2013 Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture
The most versatile British designer of the eighteenth century, William Kent (1685-1748) created a style for a new nation and monarchy. The scope of his achievements encompasses architecture, palatial interiors, elaborate gardens and exquisite furniture. Among his creative innovations are bold combinations of elements from Palladian, rococo and gothic design, anticipating the intermingling of architectural styles we see today. William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is the first comprehensive exploration of this important designer and his extraordinary creations. An international team of the foremost experts in the field examines the entire spectrum of Kent's oeuvre, including the interiors at Kensington Palace and Houghton Hall. Essays illuminate issues about the authorship of Kent's furniture and metalwork, situate his contributions in relation to architectural discourse, and classify the characteristics of his designs. Copiously illustrated, including many stunning new photographs, this handsome volume celebrates the work and career of one of the most influential figures in the history of architecture and design.

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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300196180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300196184
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.7 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[It] is comprehensive beyond anything previously attempted, incorporates much new research. . .and will serve as a basis for all future studies.'--Simon Swynfen-Jervis, "Burlington Magazine"--Simon Swynfen-Jervis"Burlington Magazine" (06/01/2014)

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Susan Weber is founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Beautiful Book 21 Dec 2013
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Hard to imagine a more comprehensive study of Kent's work as an artist, decorator and architect. A well written, scrupulously annotated and lavishly illustrated examination of the man whose work embodies the political and cultural ambitions of British society in the 18th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kent's Creative Imagination 20 Jan 2014
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This is a collection of essays reassessing the creative contribution of Kent to Georgian design by major scholars, including John Harris. It shows Kent's stylistic versatility and inventiveness, which liberated him, and Britain, from an era constrained by purist Palladianism. According to Horace Walpole Kent was 'the father of modern gardening. This is little know, but Capability Brown's achievements followed in the footsteps of Kent's revolutionary 'natural' garden at Rousham ('the wilderness pleases' said by Burlington's mentor Lord Shaftesbury), which consisted of Arcadian set pieces punctuated by temples, cascades, grottoes and Palladian bridges. This near 700-page book is the catalogue to the upcoming exhibition at the V&A (22 March - 13 July 2014), which comes from the Bard Graduate Centre in New York, who are joint sponsors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars William Kent 2014 exhibition 19 Jan 2014
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A truly massive book containing a collection of very good and authoritative essays on this most influential of early 18th century designers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kent 8 Jan 2014
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this is a ginormous tome and arrived by carrier and is really best suited to those visiting the exhibition it was made for.. Possibly also of interest to students?
I did buy the book which went with the Houghton paintings and found that fascinating but then we went to Houghton to see them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough review of Kents life and works 10 Jun 2014
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I just finished going through this book and found it quite fascinating as it covered many parts of his life and career that I was unaware of. The book is quite large physically and it packed full of photographs and documents on nearly every page. I felt like I got a better sense of his designs and work by the fact they were all seemingly carefully researched, photographed and otherwise documented throughout the chapters. It would be difficult to read this front to back due to the quantity of information, but is certainly a great reference for his career. I found myself reading some portions and browsing through the photographs of others. If you have a chance to spend some time with this book it will be time well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelievable Treasure 21 Feb 2014
By Mallory - Published on Amazon.com
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Exhibit in NYC was wonderful but the catalogue is beautifully researched, very complete and a needed reference book for anyone who loves architecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
By Matthew Enquist - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Book 1 Nov 2013
By Ann Chamberlain - Published on Amazon.com
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I have glanced at the book. I am amazed at the incredible amount of information included. Definitely something to find new each time I start to read it.
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