The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

Running a household in Victorian England had become a science – with tasks to be delegated and a system of categorised activity for those at every level of society. When Girouard writes of the eminent concern for ‘morality, domesticity, organisation and hospitality’[1] in the country house the emphasis is on the rigid upholding of standards … Continue reading The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

From 1570 – 1620 one can chart the ‘Elizabethan building boom’[1]. Here, we see an unprecedented rise in the building of ‘proud, ambitious heaps’[2] and the beginnings of the ‘architect’ as an entity in the cultural, economic and social landscape. Architectural historian Sir John Summerson credits ‘the most daring of all English buildings’[3] as the … Continue reading The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

The Impressionists – Introducing ‘Le Flâneur’

We've explored how painters like Renoir and Degas concerned themselves with capturing scenes of the capital by day and by night, an occupation which stemmed from Paris opening like a cultural flower in the mid-19th century - its new environs practically buzzing with diversions to catch the eye. The monolithic intentions of city planner Baron … Continue reading The Impressionists – Introducing ‘Le Flâneur’

The Impressionists – Capturing 19th Century Paris By Day and By Night

The work commissioned by Napoléon III formed the basis of modernity under an extensive series of ‘Second Empire reforms’ during the years 1853-18701. Chief Urban Planner, Baron Hausmann’s planned redevelopment of Paris (quite literally) opened the avenues expected of a modern metropolis: sprawling boulevards, public spaces and monuments invited polite society to engage in leisure … Continue reading The Impressionists – Capturing 19th Century Paris By Day and By Night