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Architect of Obsession John Wood and the Creation of Georgian Bath
A new and beautiful edition of Tim Mowl and Brian Earnshaw's masterly and contentious account of John Wood: the great eccentric, visionary and creator of Bath, symbol in stone of Wood's bewildering antiquarianism. With rarely-seen illustrations, new photography and contributions from fellow expert Cathryn Spence, Architect of Obsession takes the reader from Stonehenge to Delphi, to Bath World Heritage City and beyond – to country villas, to grand civic buildings in Bristol and Liverpool and into the imaginings of an eccentric and a genius.
£35 304 pages hardback colour throughout ISBN 9781739605001
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Nature's Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and the Art of the Georgian Garden Cathryn Spence
Forgotten for almost 200 years, a new biography by Cathryn Spence charts the varied career of this most gifted of Rococo artists, Thomas Robins.
Robins made delicate watercolours of gardens caught at that moment in the mid 18th century when sinuous layouts glittered with garden buildings of every conceivable style — chinoiserie tea houses, Gothic summer-houses, Turkish tents and Classical temples — the so-called ‘Rococo Gardens’. His views are matchless records of gardens either long gone or now in decay. Without them, we would know next to nothing about this short-lived period of garden history.
312 pages hardback, superbly illustrated ISBN 9781838472634 £40.00
Nicholas Usherwood David Bell
Working in marble, granite, sandstone and wood, Tim Pomeroy’s beautifully carved and polished work is a paean to sacred forms and natural wonders. It’s a measure too of his unflinching determination to learn and master the skills needed. His font for St Andrew’s Cathedral comes from learning the stonemason’s craft and, like the fountain for Provand’s Lordship in Glasgow, is distinctly his in form and thought: fresh ideas laid on timeless beauty.
112 pages hardback superbly illustrated ISBN 9781838472641 £30.00
Privileged Horses The Italian Renaissance Court Stable
Sarah G Duncan
In this pioneering study of equine culture Sarah Duncan takes us to the great Renaissance courts, their magnificent stables populated by monarchs, princes and magnates, and a quasi-religious community of grooms, trainers, saddlers, bit-makers, virtuosi in equine health and even astrologers. So beautifully designed and so much color. This is wonderful. Sheila ffolliott Vice Chair Medici Archive Project
288 pages softback superbly illustrated ISBN 9781916095366 £30.00
Convoy KMF-5 Dr AD Chissel
the greatest (and little-known rescue) in the history of naval warfare, a compelling and meticulous account from diaries, interviews and official papers isbn_9781838472658
Tanks on the Lawn Colin Tagg
a mapmaker's adventures in a troubled world isbn_9781838472665