Georgian Gothic
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282 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

59 b/w, 11 line illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Boydell Press

Georgian Gothic

Medievalist Architecture, Furniture and Interiors, 1730-1840

by Peter Lindfield

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First full-length study of the impact of the Gothic Revival across the arts, from literature and architectural theory to houses, furniture and interiors.

The Gothic Revival, rich, ambitious, occasionally eccentric, but nonetheless visually exciting, is one of Britain's greatest contributions to early modern design history, not least because for the most part it contravened approvedtaste: Classicism. Scholars have tended to treat Georgian Gothic as an homogenous and immature precursor to "high" Victorian Gothic, and centred their discussion around Walpole's Strawberry Hill. This book, conversely, reveals how the style was imaginatively and repeatedly revised and incorporated into prevailing eighteenth-century fashions: Palladianism, Rococo, Neoclassicism, and antiquarianism. It shows how under the control of architects, from Wren toPugin, Walpole and Cottingham, and furniture designs, especially those of Chippendale, and Ince and Mayhew, a shared language of Gothic motifs was applied to British architecture, furniture and interiors. Georgian Britain was awash with Gothic forms, even if the arbiters of taste criticised it vehemently. Throughout, the volume reframes the Gothic Revival's expression by connecting it with Georgian understandings of the medieval past, and consequently revises our interpretation of one of the most influential, yet lampooned, forms of material culture at the time.

Peter N. Lindfield is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Stirling.
Introduction: the Gothic Aesthetic in Britain and British Furniture, 1730-1840
Understanding Gothic Architecture in Georgian Britain
Creation of Classical Gothic Architecture, Furniture and Interiors
High Fashion and Fragments of the Past: the Omnipresence of Rococo Gothic
Fluctuating Tastes: Gothic in Later Eighteenth-century Britain
The 'Chaos of Modern Gothic Excrescences': Regency to Revolution
Conclusion
"The book is valuable in giving equal prominence to architecture and furniture, which modern scholarship can so often divorce." ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY
"[A] wide-ranging and lucidly written account." APOLLO

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Title Details

282 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

59 b/w, 11 line illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Boydell Press