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Marble Mania: Sculpture Galleries in England 1640-1840 by Ruth Guilding

Marble Mania: Sculpture Galleries in England 1640-1840 by Ruth Guilding

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Presents a catalogue, which documents the English obsession with marble sculpture, during the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

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This fascinating catalogue documents the English obsession with marble sculpture, during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The display of classical sculpture was an essential requisite of every grand house in Britain during that period, and shaped the nature of the English country house - Holkham Hall, Kedleston Hall, Syon House, and many other equally famous examples. The master example was the Arundel collection, which itself drew on Italian precedents. There sculpture had been mounted in gardens, and the exedra as a means of display was taken over into English practice. The entrance hall with sculpture was then developed in unique form alongside the long gallery. Also to be considered are crypts and grottos, and study collections in the houses of men like Charles Townley, and indeed John Soane. This fascinating survey by Ruth Guilding gives valuable insight into an essential aspect of English 18th-century taste and culture. "...never forget that the most valuable acquisition a man of refined taste can make is a piece of fine Greek sculpture", as Hamilton wrote to Townley in 1771."

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SKU GOR008192035
Title Marble Mania: Sculpture Galleries in England 1640-1840
Author By (author) Ruth Guilding
Contributor N/A
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Sir John Soane's Museum
Year Published 2006
Page Number 56
ISBN 0953751279
ISBN13 9780953751273
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes N/A
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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