The Country House

Material Culture and Consumption

Edited by Jon Stobart and Andrew Hann

The Country House

Edited by Jon Stobart and Andrew Hann

Distributed for Historic England Publishing

256 pages | 91 color plates, 9 halftones | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2016
Cloth $140.00 ISBN: 9781848022331 Published April 2016 For sale in North America only
In the post–Downton Abbey era, the country house has been the object of renewed interest, both scholarly and popular. The chapters in this book examine the country house in terms of its material culture, its presentation to the public, and its function as both a quotidian and a historic space, investigating in detail the consumption practices of the elite. By looking at the country house as lived space, the authors pose questions about the accumulation and arrangement of objects, the way in which rooms were used and experienced by both owners and visitors, and how this sense of “living history” can be presented meaningfully to the public.
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