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Built in 1610 during the reign of James I and remodeled in 1637-39 by the future first Earl of Dysart, Ham House and its gardens have endured through centuries of English history while remaining representative of the styles and culture of the original inhabitants. It is one of the few places where Caroline decor-as developed by British architect Inigo Jones and familiar to Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck-can still be appreciated. To mark the 400th anniversary of one of the most famous houses in Europe, eighteen internationally recognized scholars join National Trust curators in documenting the history of Ham House and its collections. The new discoveries, reattributions, and revelations of the contributors are accompanied by specially commissioned photography of the house and its contents. An appendix includes complete transcriptions of house inventories for the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, published here for the first time.

""Ham House" is a major achievement, not only for Christopher Rowell and his team of 23 contributors, but for the National Trust itself, which has never before produced so substantial a volume of scholarship on a single one of its properties. . .an exemplary publication."--Anthony Geraghty, "Apollo Magazine"--Anthony Geraghty"Apollo Magazine" (01/01/2014)The present book studiously contextualises this romantic illusion. In a series of informative essays, it explores the less straightforward history of the house it offers the aficionado an impressive and satisfying overview and surely sets the bar for similar house histories in the future. Matthew Dennison, "World of Interiors"--Matthew Dennison"World of Interiors" (09/01/2013)""Ham House" is a major achievement, not only for Christopher Rowell and his team of 23 contributors, but for the National Trust itself, which has never before produced so substantial a volume of scholarship on a single one of its properties. . .anexemplary publication. Anthony Geraghty, "Apollo Magazine"--Anthony Geraghty"Apollo Magazine" (01/01/2014)"It is among the most splendid productions devoted to a single English house and a testament to American cultural philanthropy. . .Like all Mellon books, it is beautifully designed and printed, and more than lavishly illustrated. . .Altogether this is a fascinating in-depth coverage of a beguiling historic house. John Martin Robinson, "The Art Newspaper"--John Martin Robinson"The Art Newspaper" (02/01/2014)"The whole publication is a testament to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the editor and the skill of Yale as a publisher; it is also significant as a scholarly project from the National Trust, produced at a time when there is the possibility that such organisations might chiefly be driven by commercial. Christopher Baker, "Literary Review"--Christopher Baker"Literary Review" (06/01/2014)"Shortlisted for the 2014 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History--William MB Berger Prize"William MB Berger" (06/06/2015)"The present book studiously contextualises this romantic illusion. In a series of informative essays, it explores the less straightforward history of the house...it offers the aficionado an impressive and satisfying overview and surely sets the bar for similar 'house histories' in the future." --Matthew Dennison, World of Interiors--Matthew Dennison"World of Interiors" (09/01/2013)"Ham House is a major achievement, not only for Christopher Rowell and his team of 23 contributors, but for the National Trust itself, which has never before produced so substantial a volume of scholarship on a single one of its properties. . .an exemplary publication."--Anthony Geraghty, Apollo Magazine--Anthony Geraghty"Apollo Magazine" (01/01/2014)"It is among the most splendid productions devoted to a single English house and a testament to American cultural philanthropy. . .Like all Mellon books, it is beautifully designed and printed, and more than lavishly illustrated. . .Altogether this is a fascinating in-depth coverage of a beguiling historic house."--John Martin Robinson, The Art Newspaper--John Martin Robinson"The Art Newspaper" (02/01/2014)'The whole publication is a testament to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the editor and the skill of Yale as a publisher; it is also significant as a scholarly project from the National Trust, produced at a time when there is the possibility that such organisations might chiefly be driven by commercial.'--Christopher Baker, Literary Review--Christopher Baker"Literary Review" (06/01/2014)

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Christopher Rowell(Author)
  • Yale University Press (19 July 2013)
  • English
  • 7
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Guy in Bond Street on 7 March 2014

    Handsomely produced and with an evocative cover this sizeable volume arouses our expectations of something wonderful, for Ham is a remarkably atmospheric house. However, the book is not only heavy in the hand but also rather heavy going; atmosphere is just about the only thing not to be found inside and goodness how one longs for it.The collection of various, varied, sometimes rather esoteric chapters, reads more as a collection of scholarly papers from an academic jamboree (if that isn't too jolly a word). Each writer brings light to his or her field, but the result is sometimes deeply unexciting and ultimately dull.This book could have been one of the most beautiful of any great house, but in bringing light they have lost the shadows; the production is diminished, the opportunity missed. The sumptuous cover is the best thing, the rest is dry, lacking imagination, leaving one dispirited and eager to return to the house and garden, its creaking floors, the ineffable smell, the light shading the gilding. It's the difference between a butterfly alive in a garden and one pinned down in a case.


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