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Elizabethan and Jacobean Style Hardcover – 1 Oct 1993
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"A handsome introduction to the world of Jacobean chic."―Sunday Telegraph
"It is a marvellous book for two reasons. First, Mowl is that rare thing, an architectural historian who can write. Second, he is a man with a new thesis who challenges the orthodox view."―Financial Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Timothy Mowl is an architectural historian and Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Bristol. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mowl commences with a 'Challenge of Style'- a collection of immediately unnappealing artefacts, he explains both the prejudices we have as those exposed to modernism and its notion of simplicity as a virtue, and the stylistic and social features of the objects. These horrors are, admittedly fascinating, and the author recounts the intricacies of the femme fatale's raunchy yet knowing dining room table with near abandon.
Having established a connection with the reader through this intimate introduction, Mowl prowls through chapters both thematic, concerning death, domesticity, gardens,chivalry and the 'Jacobethan' as well as historical- Elizabeth's prodigy houses and the Jacobean Gothic. What is made clear is the sense in which the influence of the Italianate renaissance was experienced through a peculiarly English occupation with the emblematic, the Tudor and the notion of Royal magnificence. The asymmetrical and bombast oddities of the period were not a cack handed attempt at recreating the elegance of the Italian renaissance but instead the result of its appreciation through a Tudor vernacular.
Mowl depends upon literary and religious sources, as well as those painterly, architectural and artisanal, representing well the spectrum of influence upon those comissioning and experiencing the contemporary style. It is unhelpful, yet common in art history, to consider the artistic period as though in isolation from the literary and artisanal. Indeed, Mowl presents in a sense a social history presented throught the study of its things: all the material it produced. Appropriately to a social history, we are tempted along by the odd anecdote relating ill-timed Elizabethan farts and royal poop inspections. Like Norman Davies, he is aware of the revitalising qualities of a foul story to the flagging yet determined reader.
That reader may be sore in the arm, for this is not a book to read in bed, yet its layout is clear and its photography suitably magnificent. In fact, the slightly irregular placing of the text and pictures upon the pages seem almost indicative of the irregular charm of their subject.