Georgian Architecture in the British Isles 1714-1830
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        Hardback

        Publication Date

        20 Dec 2011

        Summary

        Comprehensively illustrated with many images in colour and supported by an extensive bibliography, this clear and concise text should enable all those interested in the Georgian period to look at the surviving architecture with informed and discerning eyes.
        9920349
        9920349

        Main Summary

          First published in 1993, this is a fully revised and newly illustrated guide to the architecture of the British Isles during the reigns of the first four Georges (1714–1830). The term 'Georgian' suggests a dignified, often symmetrical facade of brick, with elegant sash-windows, a doorcase (usually with a fanlight), and a well-mannered and reticent appearance. The book shows the remarkable diversity of the architecture created during the era, from the grander Classicism influenced by the architecture of Italy, notably that of Andrea Palladio (1508–80), to the exotic tastes for Chinoiserie, Rococo, Gothick, and even the Indian styles. All of these aspects are discussed, setting the scene in respect of notions concerned with the aesthetic categories of the Beautiful, the Picturesque, and the Sublime and drawing attention especially to the importance of the Picturesque during the Georgian period.

          This handsome book is a celebration of the main themes found in building-design of the time, and an examination of the stylistic choices of the age: Palladianism, the search for uncorrupted Classical sources through the study of Antiquity, the various revivals of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian styles, the taste for the exotic and for Orientalism, and the growing interest in medieval architecture, monastic remains and ruins which played such an important part in the Gothic Revival.

          Comprehensively illustrated with many images in colour and supported by an extensive bibliography, this clear and concise text should enable all those interested in the Georgian period to look at the surviving architecture with informed and discerning eyes.

          Additional Information

          Author

          James Stevens Curl

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          276mm

          Number of Illustrations

          461

          Number of Pages

          452

          ISBN

          9781848020863

          Contents

            Preface and Acknowledgements

            1. The Georgian period

            2. The second Palladian Revival

            3. The Romantic Revolution I

            4. The Romantic Revolution II

            5. Archaeology and the revival of Classical Antiquity

            6. Georgian churches

            7. Industrial, commercial, institutional, educational, and other buildings

            8. Georgian pleasures

            9. Planning of villages and towns

            10. Places for the living and for the dead

            11. Epilogue

            Notes

            Bibliography

            Index

            Reviews

              'Georgian Architecture is elegantly written, well designed and easy to read . . . A magisterial work which every architect should read and have on the shelf for reference.'
              'In many ways it is a tour de force, making Georgian architecture highly accessible to a wide readership. It is a book with ambitious scope, written with a lively and often provocative panache'
              Ecclesiology Today
              '[the] inclusion of numerous reproductions...make this stunning edition an art book cum art object for the quality of its design'