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The Mirror of Great Britain: National Identity in Seventeenth-Century British Architecture

The Mirror of Great Britain: National Identity in Seventeenth-Century British Architecture

by Olivia Horsfall Turner (Editor)


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In studies of seventeenth-century British architecture, Britain has, more often than not, been a synonym for England, yet the geographical and political reality was far more complex. In this book, based on a Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain symposium, emerging and established scholars examine the multi-faceted national identity of architecture across the British archipelago and the Atlantic world. They examine how different architectural forms and features were employed to express political and social realities and aspirations. Ten rich and varied essays encompass Sir James Murray, the Kings Master of Works in Scotland; the fortification of Bermuda; plantation architecture in Ireland; country house design in Wales; architectural style on a Northern Irish estate; Scottish country house and vernacular architecture; the architectural lessons of the Levant; and the gentleman's house on the other side of the Atlantic. The authors are Mark Baker, Brenda Collins, Stephen Hague, Rolf Loeber, Emily Mann, Aonghus Mc Kechnie, Daniel Maudlin, Lydia Soo, Charles Wemyss.

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ISBN-13: 9781904965381
Publisher: Spire Books Limited
Publication date: 10/31/2012
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction Olivia Horsfall Turner 9

1 Sir James Murray of Kilbaberton: King's Master of Works, 1607-1634 Aonghus MacKechnie 15

2 First lines of defence: the fortification of Bermuda in the seventeenth century Emily Mann 51

3 The early seventeenth-century Ulster and Midland plantations, Part I: pre-plantation architecture and building regulations Rolf Loeber 73

4 The early seventeenth-century Ulster and Midland plantations, Part II: the new architecture Rolf Loeber 101

5 Archaism and modernity: identity and country-house design in seventeenth-century Wales Mark Baker 139

6 The Conway Estate in County Antrim: an example of seventeenth-century 'English' building styles in Ireland Brenda Collins 165

7 Pavilion or pediment: the development of Scottish country-house architecture in the post-Restoration period Charles Wemyss 187

8 The English in the Levant: social networks and the study of architecture Lydia M. Soo 209

9 Historiography and the origins of the gentleman's house in the British Atlantic world Stephen Hague 233

10 Telling Stories: myths and memories of the 'blackhouse' in the Scottish national narrative Daniel Maudlin 261

Notes on contributors 281

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