- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland (10 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1902419855
- ISBN-13: 978-1902419855
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Dumfries House: An Architectural Story Hardcover – 10 Feb 2014
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This handsomely produced history of a national treasure is a fitting tribute to a fascinating house - Marcus Binney, Country Life
About the Author
Simon Green is an architectural historian at RCAHMS with over 30 years experience researching Scotland's buildings.
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This astonishing drama is recounted somewhat cursorily in three sentences in the introduction to this book, but otherwise receives no mention, a curious omission which is not explained.
The book is the result of Simon Green's extensive research in the Bute family archives at Mount Stuart and the story as the house passes through successive generations is meticulously covered. The survival of so much from the 18th century is a result of the house not being the primary residence of the Bute family and the fact that successive incumbents had a sympathetic attitude to its architecture and contents (at least until this century).
The furnishing of the house is well covered by the Scottish furniture historian Sebastian Pryke. Unfortunately his thoroughness is not matched by that of the publishers. Some of the most outstanding furniture, such as Chippendale's "rosewood" (actually padouk wood) breakfront bookcase and his sublime pair of card-tables, is very poorly illustrated, as is the work of leading Edinburgh cabinet-makers. To see this furniture in all its glory you will need to look at Christie's lavish 714-page catalogue for the sale that never was.Read more ›
The illustrations are mainly harshly lit and often inadequate, many from Christie's as indicated by the lot labels that so forlornly hang from much of the furniture.
The luscious front cover illustration is not matched within - how one longs for a proper photographer to have been involved, James MacDonald, Christopher Simon Sykes or Derry Moore, say. The sense of the house as a living entity is almost entirely absent, no poetry, little beauty, only a stark litany of names and dates.
The design isn't the most fortuitous either with unpleasant paper and harsh typeface, even the flaps of the cover are too narrow. All in all, having expected so much from the delicious cover, ones appetite is insufficiently satisfied by the skimped, unimaginative fare within.
The pictures are so sharp and clear, their are no faults in production either.
I do hope that they reprint the book and allow more people to purchase an affordable copy.
Strangely the chapter on 18th century farming practices was perhaps the most interesting.
The text has been compiled with wit and erudition, and the attention to detail never overwhelms the free-flowing narrative.
The fold-out architectural drawings are particularly fine, but the photography is stellar too.
Highly recommended as a gift for anyone with a love of Scots heritage and architecture, fine art and period interiors.
RCAHMS can be truly proud of this one; take a bow, Mr Green and Ms Thomas!
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An excellent book in every way,full of interest from beginning to end, and in every way a delightful mixture of a most absorbing text and lovely illustrations.Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by Kenneth L. Roberts
I bought this book because I am looking for the historical and architectural details of important houses. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by johnd
Perfect book in every way: perceptive scholarship, well illustrated, this book examines the house, the furnishings, the estate, it's history. Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by jimbiz
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