Danson House

    SubTitle

    The anatomy of a Georgian Villa
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        30 Apr 2011

        Summary

        Danson House (1762–66) is one of the finest surviving villas by the architect Robert Taylor (1714–88). This book tells the story of the house, the estate, its owners, and its restoration by English Heritage between 1995 and 2004 after a long period of neglect.
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        Main Summary

          Danson House (1762–66) is one of the finest surviving villas by the architect Robert Taylor (1714–88).  Restrained, compact and ingeniously planned, it was built for the City merchant John Boyd (1718–1800), who had made his fortune in the West Indies sugar trade.  Boyd had a keen eye for the arts.  He engaged William Chambers to design chimney pieces, picture frames and garden buildings, the French Provençal artist Charles Pavillon to paint a vibrant suite of allegorical panels for the dining room, and the landscape architect Nathaniel Richmond to remodel the grounds in the manner of Capability Brown.

          This book tells the story of the house, the estate, its owners, and its restoration by English Heritage between 1995 and 2004 after a long period of neglect.  Written by two specialists who were closely involved in the conservation and repair work, it explains how the building evolved from the start of construction in 1762, as wings were added and then demolished, and how the interiors were later modified to accommodate Victorian standards of comfort.  Restoring these interiors to their appearance when the house was finished in the late 1760s has revealed Danson House as one of the glories of Georgian domestic architecture.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Richard Lea
          Gordon Higgott
          Chris Miele

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          276mm

          Number of Illustrations

          152

          Number of Pages

          112

          ISBN

          9781873592755

          Contents

            Acknowledgements

            Preface

            1. The origins of Danson

            2. Augustus and John Boyd

            3. Robert Taylor, architect of Danson

            4. Proportion and structure in Taylor’s villa at Danson

            5. Completing the house and landscaping the park, 1765-1773

            6. Planning, decoration and iconography

            7. The cost of life as a gentleman

            8. Nineteenth-century Danson

            9. Danson House and Park since 1924: decline and restoration

            Appendix 2 Sale Inventory of 1805

            Notes

            Bibliography

            Index

            Reviews

              'Danson's story is told by Lea and Miele in a clear, lucid style, mercifully free of the jargon and half-baked theorising which nowadays bedevils some academic writing on eighteenth-century architecture. The book is beautifully produced to the impeccable standards we have come to expect of English Heritage - long may their publications department flourish! - with copious illustrations and specially-drawn plans.'
              Geoffrey Tyack