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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! Entertaining!, 28 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (Hardcover)
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.
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