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Georgian Gothic : Medievalist Architecture, Furniture and Interiors, 1730-1840 (Hardcover) (Peter N.
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The rich, ambitious, occasionally eccentric, but nonetheless visually exciting manifestations of the Gothic Revival in British architecture and interiors from 1730 to 1840 are the subject of this book. It identifies and illustrates the revival's hitherto underestimated impact and sustained influence upon the visual language of mainstream Georgian design, and reveals Gothic's creatively flexible deployment in architecture and interiors. Throughout, it reframes the revival's interpretation and expression by identifying new multidisciplinary linkages connecting Gothic Revival design - architecture and furniture - with thought and medievalism. The shared form and appearance of furniture and architecture are, for example, compared and contextualised within the broader scope of Georgian antiquarianism, architectural history, medievalist imagination, and the Gothic Novel (including those by Walpole, Beckford, Reeve and Ward). From the wide variety of sources examined - hitherto unpublished and untraced manuscripts and drawings, as well as extant and demolished houses, interiors and furniture, pattern books and architectural treatises, most of which have not received sustained academic scrutiny - a pattern emerges of Gothic forms and motifs acting as popular signifiers of British identity. Overall, it challenges the commonly held perception of the early revival as a marginal style that isolated designers, patrons and interested parties from accepted (Classical) taste by revealing an unprecedented high adoption of fashionable Gothic furnishings; it also offers a new reading of the style's spread and influence over the map of accepted and refined taste. Peter N. Linfield is a post-doctoral tutor in Art History at the University of St Andrews.
Number of Pages: 265
Series Title: Medievalism
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Peter N. Lindfield
Street Date: October 20, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-6597
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