PHILIPPA LEWIS    Book Number: 83213    Product format: Hardback

Dreaming of a new home? The Ideal Home magazine was the monthly magazine for home lovers, and a cover from May 1922 shows a beautiful mock Tudor house with double gates and long driveway in the countryside. Suburban villas and semis, bungalows, flats, terraces: 'While the inhabitants of salubrious Bath, Brighton or Belgravia could possibly not have imagined a cellar basement to have any other purpose than to house servants, a radically different type of terrace house was common in the north. In Lancashire cellars under terraced rows had been excavated for cotton workers to work in...' We read of mews houses, the poor poet in the garret, the Royal Crescent in Bath illustrated in 1804 in colour sweeping picturesquely over a hillside, grand country houses with royal connections, ghosts and hunting six days a week, many requisitioned as barracks or military hospitals and abandoned to prep schools, hotels or golf clubs. Cottages with bright cosy rooms, dressers of crockery, cushioned chairs and pictures on the walls and brightly coloured handmade rag rugs on the floor as depicted by Helen Allingham in her watercolours from 1909, we all know that an Englishman's home is his castle, and these are the many forms that the home has taken, each representing a choice or lack of choice. Exquisitely decorated with woodcut illustrations, watercolours, pen and ink sketches, sepia photographs, colour prints and reproductions, many from magazines and architectural plans, the book is beautifully designed and written by an author who is an expert on Ornament, the book traces the whole story of domestic architecture in Britain. We are taken from primitive huts at the time of the Doomsday Book to 30s suburbs and female emancipation, chronicling the development of urban squares and terraces and unblinkingly looking into the shaming slums. 264pp.
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ISBN 9780711233386
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