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HOUGHTON HALL: PORTRAIT OF AN ENGLISH HOUSE. David Cholmondeley and Andrew Moore. Skira Rizzoli, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York, 2014. 296 pp. with 324 ills. (244 col.). 29 x 25 cm. LC 2014-940806 ISBN 9780847842926 In English.
Publisher's description: A collaboration between the two defining British architects of the age -- Colen Campbell and James Gibbs -- and with lavish interiors by William Kent, Houghton was built with an eye to reflecting the wealth, taste, and power of its owner. During the eighteenth century, Walpole also amassed the greatest collection of art in Britain, and Houghton would be a museum to the collection. Guided by the present owner, the seventh Marquess of Cholmondeley, the book explores every aspect of the house and its grounds, with stunning photographs by Derry Mooremany taken specially for the bookcapturing the evolution and preservation of the remarkable interiors. Supplemented with images from the Marquess's archives, the book reveals the range of Walpole's collection and the mastery of the craftsmen who shaped the museum around it including paintings sold to Catherine the Great, which were returned temporarily from the Hermitage in 2013 to their original positions in the state rooms for the first time since 1797. The book is timed to coincide with a traveling exhibition of magnificent masterpieces from Houghton's permanent collection, which opens in June 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and will travel to several venues across the United States.
Artist(s):Campbell, Colen; Gibbs, James; Kent, William
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1600-1800 — Architecture, Interior Design
Plans: 70,30
Worldwide Number: 157160
Hardcover $65.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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