Posted by Captain Everett on February 03, 1998 at 23:54:55:
In response to Life and Times Bibliography, written by Myretta on January 23, 1998 at 11:21:20
In my prospecting of used books stores, I stumbled across two interesting sources. Neither really covers furniture itself, but are a wealth on just about everything else needed to get the right look. Both are quite large books, well illustrated; the second coffee table sized (I paid for it, but at the price it was almost stealing):
Dan Cruikshank & Neil Burton, Life in the Georgian City (Viking: London, 1990), examines the role of the "House" in the city. This included how it fits into the urban environment (streets, lighting, sidewalks, services, etc.). Social aspects, including meals and routs, are covered. Problems with construction are investigated, with particular emphasis on proportion, paint colour and fittings.
John Fowler & John Cornforth, English Decoration in the 18th Century, (Barrie & Jenkins: London, 1974). An extremely detailed look at interior decorating in our period. Chapters include such things as the concept of the decorator, and "The Quicksands of Style and Fashion." Among other topics: upholstery (including drapery, canopy beds, and textiles as wall coverings); the use of colour; floors and floor covering, lighting, pictures and picture hanging, "Ladies Amusements", care and housekeeping, and "A Matter of Balance."
(I've got to win the Lottery!!)
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