Architecture and Image-Building in Seventeenth-Century Hertfordshire

Hardcover | April 8, 2004

byPaul M. Hunneyball

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The seventeenth century witnessed a radical and far-reaching transformation in English architecture, as new and purer forms of classical design became firmly established, sweeping away earlier fashions. How this dramatic change came about at local level has never been fully understood. UsingHertfordshire as a case-study, this ground-breaking, interdisciplinary book reconstructs the complete built landscape--not just houses but churches, momnnuments, and almshouses--to reveal a competitive and visually sensitive environment in which people at all social levels exploited architecturaldisplay to enhance their personal image. New fashions were an important weapon in this struggle. Because only the county elite possessed the necessary contacts and resources to obtain the latest classical designs, such patterns became badges of status, symbols not just of cultural aspirations butof social ambition. Paul Hunneyball demonstrates that classical architecture caught on at local level less because it was aesthetically superior than because its advocates were socially superior.

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The seventeenth century witnessed a radical and far-reaching transformation in English architecture, as new and purer forms of classical design became firmly established, sweeping away earlier fashions. How this dramatic change came about at local level has never been fully understood. UsingHertfordshire as a case-study, this ground-b...

Paul M. Hunneyball is a Senior Research Fellow, History of Parliament Trust, London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:April 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199263868

ISBN - 13:9780199263868

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Architecture as a Mirror of Society3. Patrons and the Exercise of Choice4. Stylistic Innovation: Processes and Constraints5. Stylistic Dissemination: Strategies and Perceptions6. Community Projects and the Limits of Elite Display7. Taste and Aspirations at Sub-Gentry Level8. Styles and MeaningsGlossaryBibliographyIndex