This book is the first complete study of the circumstances which led to the building of Castle Howard, one of the greatest and best-known English country houses. It describes how and why Charles Howard, third earl of Carlisle, decided to build it; how the architect Sir John Vanbrugh received his first commission; how the building was paid for and where the money came from; what the original interiors looked like; how the gardens and park were laid out; and the decision taken to build the first classical mausoleum in England, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It relates the physical appearance of the architecture to the hopes, desires and personalities of those involved in the building and makes it possible to look at the house in the way that it was intended to be seen by visitors in the eighteenth century. The Building of Castle Howard should appeal to anyone who is interested in eighteenth-century architecture, in the history of gardens, in country houses, and in a historical detective story of a house which Sir John Vanbrugh was determined should be 'the top seat and garden of England.'
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Saumarez-Smith, assistant keeper at the Victoria and Albert Musuem, has compiled the first exhaustive study of this extravagant early 17th-century Yorkshire country house, built by Charles Howard, third Earl of Carlisle. Archival material from 28 repositories, including family papers at Castle Howard, support Saumarez-Smith's thesis that political aspirations induced Howard to build the lavish structure. The author also addresses the roles of architects Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor and the castle's innovative landscape design, decor, and furnishings. One chapter is devoted to Hawksmoor's Mausoleum, which Smith places "among the great architectural buildings in England." Conscientious notes and bibliography cite sources, including manuscripts. Black-and-white photographs, plans, and drawings enhance the text. Essential for academic and architecture collections.
- Christine Whittington, Pennsylvania State Univ., College Station
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Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. xviii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Designed as a complete study of the circumstances which led to the building of Castle Howard, the author describes the physical appearance of the architecture and gardens in relation to reasons underlying both the decision to build the castle and the architectural plans which developed. Bookseller Inventory # 1604140098
Book Description University of Chicago Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0226764036 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0990235
Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110226764036
Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0226764036