Thursday, 1 March 2012
Image cover provided by Rizzoli USA © English Country House Interiors, by Jeremy Musson, Rizzoli New York, 2011 and may not be reproduced in any way, published, or transmitted digitally, without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.
By Jeremy Musson
Foreword by Sir Roy Strong
Principal photography by Paul Barker
With photographs from the archives of Country Life magazine
“This elegant and thoughtful book brings the eye of a new generation to the interiors of these important houses, and will engage the interest of a wide new audience to their significance.”
–Sir Roy Strong from the Foreword
In this splendid book, ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE INTERIORS, renowned British architectural historian Jeremy Musson explores the interiors of some of England’s finest country houses. Musson, along with photographer Paul Barker, were granted unparalleled access to fourteen houses known worldwide for their exquisite architecture and decoration, including Wilton, Chatsworth, and Castle Howard. Covering the key periods of English country house decoration—the Jacobean manor house, the Georgian mansion, and the Gothic Revival castle—this book offers new insights into life in the English country house.
Stunning new color photographs by Barker, combined with Musson’s lively and engaging text, offers readers an intimate look at the exquisite details—luxurious fabrics, antique furnishings, intricate plasterwork ceilings, priceless artwork, elaborately carved woodwork, and lavish table settings—found in every home. In addition, there are unique black-and-white images from the archive of the esteemed Country Life magazine featured throughout the introduction of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Jeremy Musson is a leading commentator on the English country house and the author of several books. He co-wrote and presented The “Curious House Guest”, a BBC2 TV series on important country houses. Art historian Sir Roy Strong is the former director of London’s National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Paul Barker is one of the U.K.’s leading architectural photographers.