The English Country House

The English Country House

From the Archives of Country Life

By Mary Miers; Jeremy Musson (Contribution by); Tim Richardson (Contribution by)

Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847830572, 484pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2009

"The English Country House"takes a look at the architecture and interiors of sixty-two stunning houses in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries from the medieval Stokesay Castle to the newly built, Lutyens-inspired Corfe Farm brought to life through the world-renowned photography library of "Country Life." More than four hundred color and black and white illustrations provide an insight into the architecture, decoration, gardens, and landscape settings of these houses, which are set into their architectural and historical context by the accompanying text and extended captions.
The book provides an "entree "into the houses to which "Country Life "has had privileged access over the years, many of which are still private homes, often occupied by descendants of the families that built them. Punctuating the book at intervals in the form of booklets on rich, uncoated paper are six essays by leading British architectural historians that set the English country house into its social context and chart the changing tastes in decorating and collecting, the development of ancillary buildings, gardens and landscapes, and finally, its influence in the United States.

About the Author
Mary Miers is Architectural Writer for the London-based journal "Country Life." She lives in London and Scotland. Adele Chatfield-Taylor is president of the American Academy in Rome. She lives in New York City.

Jeremy Musson joined "Country Life" in 1995 and is the author of several books on architecture and interior design, including "How to Read a Country House" and "Plasterwork: 100 Period Details from the Archives of Country Life,"

Tim Richardson's books include The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz and Avant Gardeners. He lives in London.

Praise For The English Country House

An unprecedented look at quintessential English country house interiors and architecture, from the epitome of English Tudor to the twentieth-century manor house.

"[The English Country House] is a feast of photos, and a tribute to the fine homes that have been featured in Country Life…[and] is a gorgeous tour that’s sure to inspire craving for a hot cuppa, if not a trip to the emerald isle." ~BookPage