1st Mr. Mark Girouard Town and Country

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In this collection of essays and articles best selling author Mark Girouard writes of places he has visited in town and country. Mixing erudition with anecdote, he offers fascinating insights into both buildings and their inhabitants. He tells how he first became interested in architecture, describes the country houses which he visited as a boy, provides an authoritative interpretation of the origins of English rococo art, analyzes the formation of an English seaside resort, recreates the Georgian architecture and polite society of Jane Austen's world, and traces changing attitudes toward the landscape in architecture from eighteenth-century Britain to twentieth-century America.
Old Slaughter's Coffee-House in the mid-eighteenth century; Holdenby, an Elizabethan great house built by a royal favourite who was called by one of his contemporaries "a mere vegetable of the court that sprung up at night and sank again at noon"; Belvedere, the eighteenth-century Irish country house that was witness to a tragic story of adultery and revenge: these are just a few of the buildings described by Girouard in these delightful essays on architecture and society in bygone eras in England and Ireland.
Written with his customary wit and elegance, this collection of Girouard's finest essays illuminates not only architecture and social history but also the man who has explored both with such elan.

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One of Britain's leading architectural historians, Girouard has written a number of books on vernacular architecture, with emphasis on the country house. Here, he returns to various themes he popularized in his earlier works, which typically blend scholarship, social history, and anecdotal liveliness. This work is a collection of informational essays and recollections about buildings Girouard has visited. The personal nature of his interest in architecture is richly evident; as he ranges from the Irish countryside to urban London and on to America, Girouard describes the vicissitudes of living in remarkable dwellings. Many essays contain fascinating glimpses of bygone ways and of the high tragedy or comedy in the lives of those who owned the houses profiled. In fact, as social history alone, this book makes for enjoyable reading. Those who appreciated Girouard's earlier Life in the English Country House ( LJ 10/1/78) will appreciate his continuing in the same vein. Recommended for public library collections on art and British history; academic libraries could also consider.
- Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
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