She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House

When delivering a talk, my preparation varies depending on the topic. In this instance, I had made a last minute decision to switch the theme from the Elizabethan Prodigy House to the Victorian Country House as I'd been struggling to condense so sprawling a topic as the prodigy house and cult of sovereignty. It's always … Continue reading She Noted: Tabletop Talks – The Victorian Country House

Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

Studying the Country House for my masters, of course I wanted to get my hands on Lady of the House: Elite 19th Century Women and their role in the English Country House by Charlotte Furness. How women are intimately bound up with the decorative arts, social history and material culture has been a constant source of … Continue reading Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

The Development of the ‘Picturesque’ in English Landscape Gardening – Designers & the Country House

In gardening, the early landscape garden was a phenomenon of the English country house which depended on classical literature and imagery for its poetic and pictorial approach. Garden designers in Britain looking to underline what Pope termed the true “genius of the place”[1] by turning to the ‘idyllic images of the Roman campagna’[2] as evoked … Continue reading The Development of the ‘Picturesque’ in English Landscape Gardening – Designers & the Country House