English Country House Libraries (page 7)

 

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Books Do Furnish a Room; Geddes-Brown

The Long Library at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, England. Originally created in Gothic style, the library was redesigned for the 3rd Earl Somers by the decorator, Fox, in Renaissance style. The library contains some 5,000 books, many of which came from the collection of the eminent historian, Dr. Treadway Nash, whose daughter married the 1st Earl. The 17th century Flemish tapestries, which came from a palazzo in Mantua, depict Catherine of Medici in a mythological allegory. Other tapestries depict mythical scenes, and the ceiling is painted with emblems of various qualities representing virtues and their corresponding vices. There is also a Little Library.

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The library at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria, England. The castle was first built in the 13th century and has been enlarged and remodeled over time, including by Anthony Salvin in the 19th century, who completed the library in 1862. It contains about 6,000 books.

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The Long Library at Sledmere House in Yorkshire, England. The house was built in the 1750s, and was tragically destroyed by fire in 1911, although many of the contents were saved. It was rebuilt and restored and is still owned and occupied by descendents of the original family. The magnificent Long Library's most prominent feature is its vaulted ceiling with three square groined bays and two short tunnel vaults between, decorated with stucco. There are ionic pilasters between the many bookshelves, which house an extensive collection of rare books. Wow.

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The library at Cairness House in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, built in the 1790s. The library has been redecorated to its original Etruscan scheme, with Greek vases above the bookcase.

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The small library at Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. The library is a 1740s Regency addition.

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The English Country House; Miers

The library at Sandon Hall in Staffordshire, England, built in the 1850s by the Scottish architect, William Burn. (For more about Sandon Hall, see English Country House Libraries, page 11.)

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"The English Country House" Miers

The library at Wightwick Manor in West Midland, England. The house was built in 1887, designed by Arts and Crafts architect Edward Ould for Samuel Theodore Mander. The library was converted from a dining room in 1893 to house the Mander's collection of books in the subjects of science, religion, history and politics. The stained glass windows were added later by the Mander's son, Geoffrey, and are the work of Ford Madox Brown and Burne-Jones.

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At Home with Books, Ellis, Seebohm

The library at Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England. During the period 1807-11 British architect Jeffry Wyatville altered the interiors, including the library.

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At Home with Books, Ellis, Seebohm

The library at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, England. The house was designed by Robert Adams and built in 1765. The library contains magnificent bookcases, a large mahogany desk/library table and a special reading chair designed to be sat astride like a bicycle with a book on the stand.

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