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Thomas Hope: Regency Designer: Designer and Patron in Regency London Hardcover – 14 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition (14 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300124163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300124163
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 4.1 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... a richly illustrated catalogue which also contains an impressive array of expert essays on all aspects of his work.' -- Kathryn Sutherland, Times Literary Supplement, May 2, 2008

'I think if I had the chance to visit the exhibition I would have to have the book to go with it!'
-- Mike Hicks, Eastern Daily Press, May 17, 2008

'This book is the most comprehensive account to date of Thomas Hope's achievements ... with a plethora of rich illustrations.'
-- Lucy Norris, Antiques Magazine, May 9, 2008

'This is a book to read and read again and it is another triumph for Yale.' -- Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post, April 19, 2008

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To many people the name of Hope may be closely associated with the gemstone of that name, the 'Hope Diamond' also known as the 'Blue Diamond', which now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.[Introduction pp XV]. This was once the property of Henry Philip the younger of Thomas Hope's brothers and his closest confidant.

Thomas Hope was an exceedingly wealthy man, having been born into a family of pre-eminent Dutch bankers who migrated to England in 1794 a time of great crisis in Europe. Thomas Hope was a man of many talents, in this respect very much a man of his time, involved in many aspects of the arts, architecture, and interior design both as a patron and designer, not unlike the earlier patron of art, architecture and champion of Palladianism Richard Boyle 3rd Earl Burlington. Unfortunately whereas Lord Burlington's 'Chiswick House' still exists in splendour Thomas Hope's twin residences his London home in Duchess Street and the spectacular 'Deepdene' built in the Mole valley in Surrey do not, thus, we are unable to make direct comparison of their relative merits. Deepdene was destroyed in 1969 courtesy of Southern Railway in what must rank as one of the great acts of Philistinic Corporate Vandalism to be replaced by....wait for it...an office block, great, splendid, fabulous, just what the country needed, another modernist ferro-concrete nightmare with as much architectural merit as a Lego house, no...less. I have driven by the site many times and espied this building which is the most appallingly soulless excrescence. Some idea of how wondrous the Deepdene looked may be gauged by visiting Osborne House which incorporated many of the same features. Alternatively, buy this book and wonder at the loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hope: Regency Designer 13 Sept. 2011
By Phil Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this book on my want list for quite a while. When I read David Watkins first book it was the first book on Thomas Hope. Regency furniture with its clean lines and relation to classicism was a precursor to popular classical styles including art deco. The book has some wonderful photos of Thomas Hopes furniture which is still being discovered in some of the great Auction Rooms in the world. I have most other books on Regency furniture that have ever came out and this is most welcome. Beautiful high gloss photos with a nice review of Thomas Hope's country residence, Deepdene. I have been lucky enough to see some of this amazing furniture and own some wonderful pieces in Hope's style. The book was formed on an exhibition of Hopes style, and I recommend this book very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hope: Regency Designer - Excellent Study 29 May 2008
By Anthony R. Mavilia - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a truly excellent addition to the rather small literature on Thomas Hope. Every facet of his career and talents from Interior design,collecting and travel, furniture design, drawing and writing is discussed, as is his -and his family's - history. The catalogue section presents the history and significance of items designed and owned by him and his family. A worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in interior design, collecting or simply the lives of extraordinary individuals.
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