Synopses & Reviews
Following on from the great success of" Great Houses of England and Wales (Rizzoli), this concise edition of the original work brings together a selection of the finest houses into a completely redesigned, handy format that will enable it to be used as an affordable companion for those wishing to visit these magnificent houses.
As with the larger volume, the book is filled with charming anecdotes that describe the history of each house, both its architecture and its families, giving a real sense of the life it embodies. These are matched by stunning photographs that illustrate all aspects of the houses. They include some of the most splendid examples of English art and architecture, from awe-inspiring medieval stone to the beauties of the English Renaissance, the classical grandeur of the eighteenth century and the highest excesses of Victorian taste. The book concludes with a list of contact details and opening times for the houses that will assist those wishing to visit them.
This compact edition presents 32 of the most magnificent houses in England and Wales. From awe-inspiring, medieval stone homes to the classical grandeur of the 18th century to the high drama of Victorian taste, these houses illustrate the evolution of decorative arts in Great Britain.
This beautiful volume includes detailed history, architectural commentaries, and informed descriptions of life on country estates. Useful information, such as directions and opening and closing times, are also included, making it the perfect companion for architecture enthusiasts, anglophiles, and prospective visitors to the United Kingdom alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -238) and index.
About the Author
is one of England's foremost experts on historic houses. He is the author of numerous books on the subject.
Christopher Simon Sykes is a photographer specializing in architecture and interiors.