James 'Athenian' Stuart

The Rediscovery of Antiquity

Susan Weber Soros

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The creation of the “Greek style” and its pervasive impact in England and on the Continent during the third quarter of the eighteenth century was largely due to James Stuart’s landmark multi-volume publication Antiquities of Athens, coauthored with Nicholas Revett. Stuart, subsequently known as “Athenian” Stuart, went on to a highly influential career that spanned the fields of architecture, interior decoration, furnishings, sculpture, and metalwork. This lavishly illustrated book is the first to examine Stuart’s multi-dimensional career and the full scope of his contributions as designer, artist, and tastemaker.
An international team of scholars consider each area of Stuart’s work, his early training, interest in archaeology, unique network of patrons, poor record for completing projects, and legacy. With illustrations and discussion of the stunning neo-classical furnishings he created at Spencer House, the Greek Doric Temple at Hagley, and numerous other remarkable projects, the book brings Stuart’s achievements to light more clearly than ever before.

Susan Weber Soros is founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture. She is coauthor of Thomas Jeckyll: Architect and Designer, 1827-1881 and coeditor of Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry, both published by Yale University Press.


Bard Graduate Center (Exhibition dates TK)

Victoria and Albert Museum London (March 22 – June 24, 2007)

"...sumptuous, gorgeously illustrated..." --- Clive Aslet, The Sunday Telegraph

"The clarity of Stuart's own drawings, which are all beautifully reproduced in Yale University Press's book, illustrate the value of the architect's own process of looking and seeing." --- Ptolemy Dean, Architect's Journal

‘one of the achievements of this book is to give Stuart an identity apart from the dialogue of “Stuart versus (Robert) Adam” and “Greece versus Rome”.’---Christopher Woodward, Times Literary Supplement

"thorough and fascinating study of all aspects of Stuart's work and life, the first such comprehensive, highly illustrated account.  If we were inclined to nominate anything as invidious as the 'book of the year' this would be it." - Anglo-Hellenic Review

"Accompanied by excellent illustrations, mostly in color, there are complete, detailed essays of Stuart's varied artistic career by 13 leading scholars. . . . The thoroughness and complete mastery of all the material by various authors makes this a major study and an important contribution. Detailed scholarly notes, complete bibliography, detailed list of project craftsmen, useful chronology. . . . Highly recommended. General readers; upper division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice

"Meticulously learned. . . . Its intellectual content lives up to the weight and visual appeal of the book as an object. . . . Anyone whose work touches on Stuart and The Antiquities will find much here to appreciate."—Craig Ashley Hanson, CAA Reviews

"Embodies the finest standards of scholarly inquiry and excellence in publication. . . . A visually rich, indeed opulent, book. . . . Readers from varied disciplines will find these essays fascinating."—Robert M. Craig, New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century

Short-listed for the 2007 William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History sponsored by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal.
ISBN: 9780300117134
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
688 pages, 9 3/4 x 12
100 b/w + 500 color illus.
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Architect and Designer, 1827–1881

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