The Renaissance Villa in Britain 1500 - 1700

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2007-11-30
Publisher(s): David Brown Book Co
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Leading architectural and garden historians trace the early history of the villa in Britain for the first time. The alluring ideal of villa life originated in classical antiquity, was revived in Renaissance Italy, and then spread throughout Europe, producing new and exciting architectural forms. This book contains both thematic chapters and case studies with famous buildings such as the Queen's House, Greenwich (Inigo Jones), and Winslow Hall, Buckinghamshire (attributed to Wren) being analysed and reinterpreted. Contributors include Nicholas Cooper, Andor Gomme, Gordon Higgott and Charles McKean. Copiously illustrated, with plentiful plans, the book is a major contribution to the history of domestic architecture and garden design in Britain, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in early modern society and the history of the built environment.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
The English Villa: Sources, Forms and Functionsp. 9
A Place to 'Cultivate the Soul': the Idea of the Villa in the Sixteenth and Early-Seventeenth Centuriesp. 25
Halls into Vestibulesp. 38
Some later Jacobean Villas in Scotlandp. 64
Plain English or Anglo-Palladian? Seventeenth-Century Country Villa Plansp. 89
Gardens and Courtyards of the Seventeenth-Century Villa and Smaller Housep. 111
The Environs of London: the Suburban Villa as Rural Retreatp. 127
Inigo Jones's Designs for the Queen's House in 1616p. 140
Tart Hall: the Countess of Arundel's 'Casino' at Whitehallp. 167
Kew Palacep. 180
Country Retreats in Seventeenth-Century Hertfordshirep. 192
Forty Hall and Tyttenhangerp. 206
Winslow Hallp. 223
Contributorsp. 247
Notesp. 250
Indexp. 272
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