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on 19 January 2014
This meticulously researched volume by Melanie Doderer-Winkler reveals a new writing talent on the scene - with the author having uncovered a fascinating corner of Georgian history and culture - a subject which is deservedly popular. The new angle in subject matter is welcome as is the fascinating combination of architectural observation, design focus and anecdote which brings this book to life. In our age of conspicuous consumption, the history of how these incredible events were put together surely chimes with our own thoughts when we watch today's major elite events from the outside, or if we're lucky, from the inside.
on 28 March 2014
Melanie Doderer-Winkler’s joyously entertaining book is a thoroughly researched, beautifully presented publication about temporary architecture for large-scale Georgian celebrations - private and public. The painstakingly collated, delightful and lavish images of galas, royal events, fireworks and many other occasions are sumptuously reproduced and illustrate the serious spirit in which these magnificent ventures were undertaken. Leading architects were commissioned, members of the Royal Academy of Arts employed, floor cloth made, transparencies used to transform façades into sparkling jewel boxes, canvases painted, dyed sugar and sand applied.
The author’s diligent examination of invoices, personal letters and newspaper coverage gives us an insight into the craftsmanship of the time and how these ephemeral structures and extravaganzas were perceived. Thanks to this book we can pore over the intricate details and grand designs of these fleeting displays in times to come.