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4.0 out of 5 stars Arts & Crafts from the perspective of Country Life, 18 Nov 2011
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This review is from: The Arts and Crafts Country House: From the Archives of Country Life (Hardcover)
Aurum Press has published more than twenty books on houses and gardens based on the archives of Country Life Magazine. Each book has selected the houses, their interiors and gardens from a certain perspective, such as region, period, architect or having been demolished. This book is the latest in these series, now based on the Arts & Crafts movement. Country Life displayed clearly some preferences in their magazine. The magazine had favourites such as Edwin Lutyens and his collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll, this is also the case for this book, which gives therefore some overlap with the volumes published earlier on both and also a limited view on the Arts & Crafts movement. You will miss Charles Rennie Mackintosh. From Voysey and Baillie Scott only a few examples are given. The text of this volume is still informative and well documented, with chapters on different perspectives and views on the subject, including typical examples of houses and interiors as presented in Country Life. The greatest strength of this book is the selection and arrangement of the beautiful photographs along the text. The time span of these pictures is more than hundred years, from old fashioned black and white to modern colour photographs, here presented in an coherent manner, by selecting either colour or black and white photographs for most houses or topics discussed, which gives the book a pleasant presentation. Some of the pictures will be familiar, if you own more books of the series. As stated by the author, The Studio Magazine has been much more the promoters of Arts & Crafts. Their archives have unfortunately been bombed in the war. Reediting their "Year-Book of Decorative Art" which were published from 1906 onwards, could perhaps be an idea for another series of books on this subject.
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