Earls of Creation: Five Great Patrons of Eighteenth-Century Art

Artist(s): Various
Author(s): James Lees-Milne
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 1962
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 285
Illustrations: Black and White illustrations


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Hardback.  First edition.  ‘This work offers an insight into the tastes and manners of an age which produced some of England’s finest architecture. The five earls featured flourished in the 18th century, when the fashionable amateur exercised a greater influence than ever before in the long history of British art. The five – Burlington, Pembroke, Leicester, Oxford, and Bathurst – were deep-dyed aesthetes and creators of superb domains. The principal country houses which they designed – Chiswick house, Holkham Hall, Wimpole Hall, York Assembly Rooms, Wilton House, Marble Hill, and Cirencester Park – are almost all standing today and the landscape gardens which they laid out still amount to some of England’s greatest treasure.’  Condition: covers a little worn with some tape repairs.  some slight shelf-wear to boards.  Scattered foxing to boards and pages, otherwise very good.


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