Anderson, Jocelyn, Touring and publicizing England's country houses in the long eighteenth century , 2018
- Touring and publicizing England's country houses in the long eighteenth century / Jocelyn Anderson.
- New York, New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsburg Publishing, PLC, 2018.
- Physical Description:
- xiv, 236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
- Reference LibraryNA7620 .A53 2018 (LC)Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 206-227) and index.
Over the course of the long eighteenth century, many of England's grandest country houses became known for displaying noteworthy architecture and design, large collections of sculptures and paintings, and expansive landscape gardens and parks. Although these houses continued to function as residences and spaces of elite retreat, they had powerful public identities: increasingly accessible to tourists and extensively described by travel writers, they began to be celebrated as sites of great importance to national culture. This book will examine how these identities emerged, repositioning the importance of country houses in eighteenth-century Britain and exploring what it took to turn them into tourist attractions. Drawing on travel books, guidebooks, and dozens of0tourists? diaries and letters, it offers a rich exploration of what it meant to tour country houses such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Wilton, Kedleston and Burghley in the tumultuous 1700s. It also questions the legacies of these early tourists: both as a critical cultural practice in the eighteenth century and an extraordinary and controversial influence in British culture today, country-house tourism is a phenomenon which demands investigation.
- Subject Terms:
- Country homes -- England -- 18th century.