The Town House in Georgian London

Rachel Stewart

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August 25, 2009
192 pages, 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
60 b/w + 20 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300152777
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Stepping away from conventional analyses of materials or style and into the previously unexplored world of the house owner, this book takes a fresh look at both the social, as well as the architectural, importance of  the 18th-century London town house. Drawing on rich and entertaining evidence—both documentary and anecdotal—Rachel Stewart explores why, and how, so many people pursued life in the city. She not only discusses some of the major architects of the day and their most famous buildings, but she also uncovers what occupants of town houses thought about their property; why and how they chose or built their houses; how they paid for them, used them, decorated them, and disposed of them; and what uses it had for them beyond simple accommodation.

Rachel Stewart is Director of the Centre for Career Management Skills at the University of Reading.

‘Stewart’s straightforward and thorough examination of the cultural and architectural history of the town house offers a clear account of a distinctive element of London’s built environment.’— Stella Tillyard, Times Literary Supplement

'Stewart's scholarly approach to the subject is without question a most welcome addition to the literature on the Georgian town house…Replete with scholarly nuance, it is both an enlightening and entertaining read, and will no doubt remain central to further research on this topic.' — Conor Lucey, Apollo

“This nicely presented book has an interesting story to tell…..Stewart’s main aim in this book is clearly to portray the town house as a reflection of its owners and occupants. In this she admirably succeeds.”—Nicholas Doggett, Context
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