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The Scottish Country House Hardcover – 5 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516553
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.5 x 32.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magnificent … neatly tells the story of Scottish architecture in its full extravagant splendour … Knox writes with an easy and absorbing grace … the sumptuous photography by James Fennell is pin-sharp and superbly reproduced. He has an almost Vermeer-like brilliance in capturing radiant and glinting light as well as the warmth of a blazing log fire … this will make a fine present for anyone who loves Scotland or grand interiors --Marcus Binney, The Times

It is no mean feat to produce a publication of the type that used to be described as 'a coffee-table book', devoted to the subject of great Scottish houses, and manage to find a fresh slant on a genre that has illustrated and described country houses for decades. James Knox and his photographer, James Fennell, have succeeded in doing just that. Whilst I might wonder if the coffee-table is still a must-have piece of furniture there is no doubt that this book is a feast for the eyes. Images shot in natural light provide luscious accompaniment to the text which achieves an easy harmony of informative history with light-hearted family and personal references ... [a] cavalcade of superlative examples of Scottish architectural history --The Spectator

This is the perfect book for lover's of Scottish history, architecture and classical interior design --Scottish Field

This is a work for those who like their aristocratic houses to have a touch of the austere, such as Ballindalloch Castle in Banffshire, which has been owned by the same family since 1564 --The Times

Wonderful ...Let your braveheart swell with tales of Scottish chieftains, lairds and nobles as you explore homes that have evolved over generations. --Sunday Mail (Glasgow)

Eminently erudite … magnificent photographs --The Scotsman

Castles, tower houses, shooting lodges and baronial mansions: the Scottish country house in all its myriad shapes and styles is put under the microscope in a new book that celebrates a rich part of our heritage. --Homes and Interiors Scotland

Wonderful ...Let your braveheart swell with tales of Scottish chieftains, lairds and nobles as you explore homes that have evolved over generations. --Sunday Mail (Glasgow)

...there is no doubt that this book is a feast for the eyes. Images shot in natural light provide luscious accompaniment to the text which achieves an easy harmony of informative history with light-hearted family and personal references. --The Spectator

Ten beautiful and distinctive Scottish country houses, evocatively described … spectacular architecture and impressive furnishings. --The Art Newspaper

Sensational ... Anyone interested in architectural history will find this book difficult to put down. --The Scots Magazine

A beautifully researched and presented complement to literature on this highly diverse and distinguished building type. --Context

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The ten extraordinary houses and castles featured in this book have all survived the vicissitudes of Scotlands history with almost all of their original families still in residence. Each house also represents a landmark in Scotlands architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The architectural revelation is matched by sensational settings, which merge designed gardens and landscape with the unparalleled wildness and vistas of Scotland. All of these cherished houses are chockablock with memories of the past, from swagger portraits to sporrans, from vintage photographs to ancient weaponry, from curling stones to fading chintz. James Fennells masterly photographs capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. As he guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, Knox recounts their histories and profiles the colourful lairds, clan chiefs and nobles who have called them home. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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