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O'Byrne, Robert

Romantic English Homes

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Ever since the English aristocracy first embarked on Grand Tours in the seventeenth century, the passion for developing collections has been a national trait of England. As a result, the country's aristocratic palaces became repositories of treasure gathered from around the globe.
Ever since the English aristocracy first embarked on Grand Tours in the seventeenth century, the passion for developing collections has been a national trait of England. As a result, the country's aristocratic palaces became repositories of treasure gathered from around the globe. But so too, thanks to the spread of an Empire providing goods from across the globe, did almost every residence in England.Romantic English Homes features 14 such houses, the majority never before photographed. Large or small, old or new, they all convey an impression of objects intentionally mingling styles and tastes, the classical placed next to the gothic, tartan competing with floral. Decorated with defiant eclecticism, the buildings chosen here by Robert O'Byrne indicate that although the Empire may have gone, the English love of collecting remains as strong as ever. Crossing the country from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall to East Anglia and Suffolk, and from London to Shropshire, it is both the romantic timelessness of these properties and their many-layered appearance that makes them so alluring.

ISBN: 9781907563294
292 x 244, 176 pages

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Romantic English Homes