The Scottish Country House (Hardcover)
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.
Each house also represents a landmark in Scotlands architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The cutting-edge classicism of William Bruce at Balcaskie, the sensational French chateauinspired Drumlanrig, the splendor of William Adams 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 Lorimers 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 houses 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 fascinating histories and profi les the colorful, often eccentric, lairds, lady lairds, clan chiefs, and nobles who have called them home. And James Fennells masterly photographs, which rely solely on natural light for effect, capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. The Duchess of Buccleuchs boudoir at Bowhill is a frenzy of chinoiserie, needlepoint, and silk tassels. At Ballindalloch, the Macpherson-Grant tartan carpets the entrance hall and Victorian paintings of the familys prized Aberdeen Angus herdthe oldest in Scotlandadorn many a room. The motto of the Munro clan, "Dread God," is emblazoned throughout Foulis Castleon china, wall plaques, not to mention the clan chief s bonnet. All of these cherished houses are chockablock with memories of the past, from swagger portraits to sporrans, from vintage photographs to ancient weaponry, from curling stones to fading chintz. Some are also treasure houses, not least Dumfries House, saved from the auction block by a consortium headed by the Prince of Wales, which boasts an unrivaled collection of documented Chippendale and Scottish rococo furniture.
The Scottish Country House will enthrall anyone with an interest in Scotland, history, architecture, or interior decorationall wrapped in a compelling narrative of past lives and taste.
Praise for The Scottish Country House:
"If you like historic homes, this book is for you. It's filled with beautiful photos of historic Scottish castles and grand estates." -Design*Sponge
Who can resist a beautiful chateau set in the lush green countryside of Scotland? I, for one, cannot. In James Knox's new book, he focuses on ten standout examples of Scottish country living. Wit
|Genre||DESIGN / Interior Decorating|
|Publisher Date||2012-11-01 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||3.82 lb|
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