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Michael Symes, The English Rococo Garden (2011) | Shire Publications
Delightful, eccentric, capricious, bizarre - the English Rococo garden, an intriguing branch of eighteenth-century horticulture, was all these and more. This book relates the components of the Rococo garden to movements in art and architecture that had developed in Britain and in Europe, and shows its particular appeal to amateur designers and owners. It was an expression of a period in time, following Baroque and neo-Palladian and anticipating Romanticism in its sense of freedom. Most of the enchanting scenes depicted in Thomas Robins’ watercolours have disappeared, but there are many garden buildings from the period that survive. The styles which overlap with Rococo - Gothic, chinoiserie, rustic - are also considered here, as is the use of flowers, rocks and shells. The principal designers are also profiled, including Sanderson Miller and Thomas Wright. **--** Introduction. *-* Rocks and shells *-* Garden sculpture. *-* Flowers and serpentines. *-* ’Twickenhamshire’ rococo. *-* Thomas Robins and Thomas Wright. *-* Gothic. *-* Chinoiserie. *-* Sanderson Miller. *-* Rococo ensembles. *-* The rococo garden: Painswick and Hampton Court House. *-* Further reading. *-* Gardens to visit. **--** Paperback; July 2011; 80 pages; ISBN: 9780747806257
books  18thC  British_history  cultural_history  elite_culture  architecture  gardens  Gothic_revival  Rococo  country_homes  country_house  Pope_Alexander  landscape  botany  Chinoiserie  Orientalism-Enlightenment  natural_history  imagination 
march 2015 by dunnettreader
George Sherburn and H. S. John - "Timon's Villa" and Cannons | JSTOR: The Huntington Library Bulletin, No. 8 (Oct., 1935), pp. 131-152
Of interest re Pope and Burlington influence on architecture, gardens etc -- conclusions may be dated, but useful sources identified by Sherburn and John -- downloaded pdf to Note
article  jstor  cultural_history  18thC  British_history  architecture  country_house  gardens  Pope  Burlington  Brydges  downloaded  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
Nicholas Cooper - Rank, Manners and Display: The Gentlemanly House, 1500-1750 | JSTOR: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Sixth Series, Vol. 12 (2002), pp. 291-310
In the early modern period the amenities of the upper-class house provided for approved modes of polite behaviour, while the initial, piecemeal display of antique ornament in the sixteenth century expressed the status and the education of the governing class. In the seventeenth century a more classically correct architecture would spread in a climate of opinion in which approved behaviour was increasingly internalised and external display less favoured. The revolution of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was in superseding architectural languages that had lent themselves to the expression of status with a national style that did not. -- didn't download
article  jstor  cultural_history  British_history  16thC  17thC  18thC  elites  country_house  architecture  status  politeness  privacy  display  governing_class  EF-add 
january 2014 by dunnettreader
JON STOBART: Gentlemen and shopkeepers: supplying the country house in eighteenth-century England (2011)
JSTOR: The Economic History Review, Vol. 64, No. 3 (AUGUST 2011), pp. 885-904 -- Wiley - STOBART, J. (2011), Gentlemen and shopkeepers: supplying the country house in eighteenth-century England. The Economic History Review, 64: 885–904. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00562.x -- The country house is well recognized as a site of elite patronage, an important vehicle of social and political ambition, and a statement of power and taste. Yet we know relatively little about the networks of supply and purchasing patterns of rural elites, or about how their practices related to broader changes in material culture. Drawing on a large sample of bills and receipts of the Leigh family of Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, this article recreates the processes through which the material culture of the family home was constructed. These reveal London as the source for many highquality goods, although the pattern of supply was not a simple dichotomy of localeveryday and metropolitan-luxury purchases. They also show the large number of shopkeepers patronized as the Leighs spread their purchases through choice, convenience, and expediency. Relating this to wider conceptions of consumption, the Leighs emerge as engaging in layered and sometimes conflicting consumer cultures. They were concerned with fashion as novelty and a marker of rank; but they also valued traditional markers of status. Social distinction was achieved through a continued emphasis on title and lineage as much as fashion or taste—value systems that were unavailable to the middling sorts.
article  Wiley  paywall  cultural_history  economic_history  18thC  Britain  London  country_house  elites  consumers  status  fashion  patronage  lineage  EF-add 
september 2013 by dunnettreader

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