"Houses of the Gentry 1480–1680" by Nicholas Cooper

Houses of the Gentry 1480–1680 Nicholas Cooper

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Dec 1999
ISBN:
9780300073904
Imprint:
Paul Mellon Centre BA
Dimensions:
384 pages: 286 x 241mm
Illustrations:
250 b-w + 50 color illus.

From the end of the fifteenth century to the closing years of the seventeenth, England underwent radical social change. English architecture changed radically as well, and the homes of the gentry were transformed as members of this class grew in numbers, wealth, and importance. This abundantly illustrated book provides for the first time a full account of the houses that were built and inhabited by the upper classes during this rich and fascinating period. Architectural historian Nicholas Cooper explores hundreds of gentry houses, some well known and others far less familiar, and considers their evolution in the light of economic, political, and social changes of the age.

The book begins with a discussion of the members of the gentry class, their increasing influence, notions of gentility, and evolving attitudes toward the art of architecture and the craft of building. Cooper then traces changes in the architecture and layout of many specific upper class houses and shows how broader social trends and needs were reflected in such developments as the reception of classicism and the evolution of the new types of plans. This book is a treasury of information about English upper-class houses of 1480 to 1680, and about the attitudes and motives of those who built, owned, and lived in them.

Nicholas Cooper is recently retired from a long and distinguished career with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. He now works as a consultant for the National Trust and others.

"For anyone interested in the architectural history of England this book is a treasure, and like so many good things English it is the result of generous, low-profile private patronage."?Colin Baillieu, Architects? Journal


"Houses of the Gentry 1480-1680, provides for the first time a full account of the houses that were built and inhabited by the upper class during this rich and fascinating period. . . . This abundantly illustrated book is a treasury of information about English upper-class houses of 1480 to 1680, and about the attitudes and motives of those who built, owned, and lived in them."?Antiques Journal


"It has the rich texture of a book that has been ten years in the making, is backed by an impressive weight of material and research, and will deservedly become a standard work." ?Mark Girouard, Times Literary Supplement


"Cooper?s masterful work on the evolution of the gentry house significantly advances the understanding of the relationships between domestic architecture and society in early modern England. . . . Informed by exhaustive documentary and field-based research, Cooper?s history will endure as a seminal work for all who seek to comprehend the character of the English house. Highly recommended."?Choice


"An invaluable and extensive resource for scholars of the period."?Paula Henderson, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians


"A landmark, a magnificent study of country house architecture based on a lifetime?s research, written with power, authority and style and presented with all the familiar expertise of Yale University Press. 334 illustrations, many of them of little-known houses, are carefully integrated with the text, so reading the book becomes a visual feast as well as an invitation to trek the country houses route anew."?Anthony Fletcher, History Today


"A magnificent book. . . . Cooper?s volume must surely become the standard work."?Northern History


Co-winner of the 2001 Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain