British Architecture and Interior Decoration

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Focused on the Georgian Period, this blogs traces developments, inventions, fashions, ideas and influences in architecture, interior decoration and landscape gardening from medieval times to the early 19th century.

Architecture Across Centuries

Medieval

Buildings

  • Haddon Hall

Gothic

1500-1600 Renaissance

Tudor and Elizabethan

Tudor

Buildings

Furniture

Elizabethan

Buildings

Objects

1600-1625 Jacobean

Buildings

Objects

1660-1685 Restoration

People

  • Charles II
  • John Evelyn
  • Sir Christopher Wren

Buildings

Furniture

1685-1725 Baroque

People

Buildings

Gardens

Objects

1713-1754 James Gibbs

Georgian

1715-1760 Palladianism

People

Buildings

Gardens

  • Serpentine – one of the earliest artificial lakes designed to appear natural (1830s)

Furniture

1730-1770 Rococo

People

  • Hubert Gravelot
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Paul de Lamerie

Furniture

1745-1765 Chinoiserie

People

  • Sir William Chambers
    • Designs of Chinese Buildings, 1757
  • Luke Lightfoot
  • William and John Linnell (father & son)
  • Jean Pillement
    • A New Book of Chinese Ornaments, published in 1755
    • One Hundred and Thirty Figures, Ornaments and Some Flowers in the Chinese Style of 1767

Buildings

Objects

1760-1790 Neoclassicism

People

Buildings

Gardens

1790 (1800)-1830 Regency Classicism

Regency Classicism was more eclectic than Neoclassicism. Italian influences remained important, but Greek motives were now better explored and became the fashion. Egyptian ones were popularized following Napoleon’s campaign (1798).  This era also brought the revival of the French Rococo style, and Gothic. Naturalism emerged in the 1830s.

People

  • Prince Regent
  • Thomas Barrett
  • William Beckford
  • Thomas Hope
  • John Nash at Wiki
  • Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
  • Sir John Soane
  • Horace Walpole
  • William Wilkins

Buildings

Gardens

Objects

Victorian

Styles that bloomed throughout the Victorian Era, but their origins can be traced to Austen’s times.

Austen’s Houses

Miscellaneous

Quizes and Games

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