At the heart of this stirring tale and visual delight is a group of ten extraordinary houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Scotland's history with almost all of the original families who built them still in residence today. Each house also represents a landmark in Scotland's architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century. As author James Knox guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, he recounts their fascinating histories and profiles the colorful, often eccentric, people who have called them home. And James Fennell's masterly photographs, which rely solely on natural light for effect, capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. The Scottish Country House will enthrall anyone with an interest in Scotland, history, architecture, or interior decoration—all wrapped in a compelling narrative of past lives and taste.
This hardcover book measures 9¼ inches by 12¼ inches. Published November 1, 2012.
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