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English Country House Interiors Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; 01 edition (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835690
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 3.1 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Musson is a leading commentator and author on the English country house. He was architectural editor of "Country Life" from 1998 to 2007, for which he wrote hundreds of articles on country houses and is still a contributor. As a former National Trust assistant curator he redecorated state rooms at Ickworth Park and curated Anglesey Abbey. Musson is the author of several books including "The English Manor House," "Plasterwork," "How to Read a Country House," "The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh," and "Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant." A contributor to "World of Interiors," "The British Art Journal," and "Cornerstone," he has interviewed many figures in the world of heritage, arts, and interior design, and he co-wrote and presented "The Curious House Guest," a BBC2 series on important country houses in 2005-2006. Art historian Sir Roy Strong is the former director of London s National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Paul Barker is one of the U.K. s leading architectural photographers."


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As stated in the introduction, the grand country house interiors reflected the styles of royal palaces, producing magnificent, memorable and rare examples of taste, discernment and wealth, which survive to amaze and puzzle the modern gaze. This book gives an account of 14 of the grandest country house interiors, most still the homes of the families for whom and by whom, they were built. The houses selected are the historic seats of great landowners; today they are all opened to and enjoyed by a wide public. Jeremy Musson leads us very professionally through these interiors, accompanied by stunning new colour photographs by Paul Barker. For the introduction additional black and white photographs are used from the archives of Country Life. According Sir Roy Strong, in his foreword, these interiors are one of the wonders of our world and I agree. However these are not the interiors I would like to live in, but only walk around and admire as in a museum. If you are, like me, more interested in the romantic interior of the more modest English country house, I recommend the book previously presented by the same publisher under the title "The English Country House" by Mary Miers.
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A very rich book with interesting details of palaces, manors and castles. The texts are very precise and give us important informations not only about the origin of each house but about achitectural styles and furniture along the time as well.
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A remarkable achievement, this book is deeply informative with a nice balance of good quality photographs. This is a book of high quality, it is nicely produced, quality paper, sharp pictures, intelligent writing.
The houses that are discussed, are the top of England's rich list of stately homes.
A very pleasing book.
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