Sir John Vanbrugh: Storyteller in Stone (Hardcover)

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This engaging and beautifully illustrated book looks at the remarkable life and work of Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726)—by turns businessman, soldier, playwright, and (despite lacking either training or qualifications) the architect of some of the most important country houses of his era. Architectural historian Vaughan Hart examines Vanbrugh’s surviving, destroyed, and unrealized buildings—among them Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace—outlining the contemporary political and social events that influenced their design and showing how these strikingly original buildings can be interpreted through reference to classical mythology, Renaissance fortifications, and medieval houses.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

About the Author

Vaughan Hart is Professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Bath.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300119299
ISBN-10: 0300119291
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 9th, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art S