Sir John Vanbrugh: Storyteller in Stone

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Architecture - 288 pages

This engaging and beautifully illustrated book looks at the remarkable life and work of Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726)—by turns businessman, soldier, playwright, and (despite lacking either training or qualifications) the architect of some of the most important country houses of his era. Architectural historian Vaughan Hart examines Vanbrugh’s surviving, destroyed, and unrealized buildings—among them Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace—outlining the contemporary political and social events that influenced their design and showing how these strikingly original buildings can be interpreted through reference to classical mythology, Renaissance fortifications, and medieval houses.

 

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Contents

Vanbrughs Character
1
The Whig Golden
22
2
45
Vanbrugh on Architecture Landscape and Mood
83
Vanbrugh and
99
Decorum and Vanbrughs
111
99
142
Characters in Stone
147
Englishmens Homes
171
Autobiography in Stone
213
Country Estates
243
Transcription of Vanbrughs Reasons Offerd
253
Transcription of Mr VanBruggs Proposals about
254
108
258
Bibliography
275
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About the author (2008)

Vaughan Hart is Professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Bath.

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