The Scottish Country House (Hardcover)
 
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The Scottish Country House (Hardcover)

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    At the heart of this stirring tale and visual delight is a group of ten extraordinary houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Scotlandís history with almost all of the original families who built them still in residence today. Th......more

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At the heart of this stirring tale and visual delight is a group of ten extraordinary houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Scotlandís history with almost all of the original families who built them still in residence today. Their histories are peopled with strongwilled men and womenófrom the notorious General Tam Dalyell of the House of the Binns, who served not only the Stuart kings but the czar of Russia, to the first Duke of Queensberry, who built one of the most sensational castles in Britain, to a love match worthy of the "auld alliance" between the Earl of Stair and his French-born countess.

Each house also represents a landmark in Scotlandís architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The cutting-edge classicism of William Bruce at Balcaskie, the sensational French chateauĖinspired Drumlanrig, the splendor of William Adamís baroque at Arniston, and the sublime Palladianism of his sons, the Adam brothers, at Dumfries House, are a roll call of architectural genius. The Victorian passion for all things Scottish is displayed in Lochinch Castle, a bravura example of the Baronial style, bristling with turrets, bartizans, and stepped roofs. And Robert Lorimerís beautifully crafted reconstruction at Monzie at the turn of the twentieth century reveals him as a major talent who synthesized European and purely Scottish styles, expressing, like his fellow architects in this book, a uniquely Scottish sensibility. The architectural revelation is matched by the housesí sensational settings, which merge the historically designed gardens and landscape with the unparalleled wildness and vistas of Scotland.

But, as author James Knox writes in his lively, insightful text, "The glory of Scottish country houses is not just their architecture but their contents, which add layers of personality to the interiors." As Knox guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, he recounts their fasc...

James Knox, a native of Ayrshire, is a literary historian, editor, and critic. He is publisher of the Art Newspaper, the leading international journal of art, artists, and exhibitions. James Fennell specializes in interiors, portraiture, fashion, and travel photography. His previous books include The Irish Country House.

Author:
Knox, James
Genre:
DESIGN / Interior Decorating
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
203
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vendome Pr
Publish Date:
11/01/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9780865652880
Height:
11.5 in
Wdth:
9.5 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
3.82 lb
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