The Grand Designer: Third Marquess of Bute

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Birlinn, Limited, Jun 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
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In the first modern biography of one of the Victorian age's greatest figures, the story of a wealthy eccentric's learning, insight, and kindness is told. When John Crichton-Stuart, the third Marquess of Bute, met the renowned Gothic designer William Burges, it marked the start of a lifetime's collaboration with architects and artists. This fascinating biography tells how Crichton-Stuart's contributions as a patron produced extraordinary results in architecture, from the High Victorian Gothic exuberance of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch to the ostentation of Mount Stuart and the sumptuous restoration of the Renaissance Falkland Palace. With spectacular illustrations, this book will enthrall those interested in architecture, Victorian philanthropy, and Scottish culture.

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This biography of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart, is definitely an exhaustive one. It covers his life from birth to death, lingering on his relationships with his family and with the ... Read full review

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From the first page of the Preface of Dr Rosemary Hannah's The Grand Designer: Third Marquess of Bute, I was intrigued. By the fifth page, I was putting off pressing projects and planning my next few ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Rosemary Hannah is currently Church History Coordinator for the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church and a contributor to various academic journals, including Architectural History, on the interface of art, architecture, and patronage in the Victorian period.

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