First published in 1999, this volume examines Sir John Soane (1753-1837) who was one of Britain’s most inventive architects. His achievements include the Bank of England and the world’s first picture gallery at Dulwich, buildings of international importance. His country estate work, inspired by classical antiquity, ranges in scale from the remodelling of existing country houses, such as Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire and Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire, to simple outbuildings. Here we see the emergence of the key themes of his style and the results of his precise attention to proportion, design detail, and light and shade. These are among Soane’s finest works. Making full use of the Soane Museum and country house archives, Ptolemy Dean here examines ten country house projects, reconstructing the creative transactions between client and architect, architect and skilled craftsman. It is impossible to understand Soane’s intentions without the drawings, sketches and letters which enable us to trace the process of design. With the author’s own drawings in watercolour to illustrate Soane’s use of light and space, and beautiful photographs by Martin Charles, Sir John Soane and the Country Estate offers an enthralling insight into the work of a great architect. An illustrated inventory, the first fully researched guide to Soane’s country house practice, details an architectural legacy that has rarely been matched.
The gabled manor houses of the early 17th century are, for many, the epitome of the English country house; indeed, Jacobean houses from the core of the National Trust collection. This book tells the absorbing story of the evolution of the Jacobean country house. Though the Jacobean period itself spanned only 22 years (1603-25), it was to have a major impact on English domestic architecture. This was an exciting period of experiment and discovery, with an extraordinary range of architectural styles being brought into play. Plan Classical formality coexisted with French, Italian and Dutch examples adapted to English tastes, the result of an explosion in new ideas that also produced revolutions in other aspects of life - notably the English Civil War.
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As they grow more and more difficult to justify or maintain, English country houses have increasingly become "endangered species" in today's alien economic and political climate. In this book, David Littlejohn describes the past glories and troubled present condition of "the stately homes of England", both those that continue to serve as private houses and those which have been turned into museums, convention centers, hotels, even prisons. 49 photos.