English Country House Libraries (Page 9)

 

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The library at Strawberry Hill in London, England. It was designed in its fanciful Gothic style by owner and art historian Horace Walpole around 1753. The library was sparsely furnished to set off the architecture, which included, besides the ornately-carved bookcases, a stone fireplace and ceiling paintings which depicted the Walpole family's heraldic history. It was only one of several libraries at Strawberry Hill, as Walpole's book collection soon outgrew this space (a complaint most booklovers are familiar with), culminating in 7,000 volumes.

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English Country Houses: Baroque; Lees-Milne

The Long Library or Gallery at the monumental Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. It is 180 feet long and two stories in height. It was originally intended solely as an art gallery, but shortly after its decoration by Christopher Wren in 1725, it received the large collection of the Sunderland library (which it later sold). The incredible space contains magnificent dome ceilings, a large statue of Queen Anne and the largest pipe organ in private ownership in Europe.

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English Country Houses: Baroque; Lees-Milne

The library on the top floor of Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire, England. It was designed so that all of the paneling and decorative wood ornaments opened to reveal bookshelves behind. The top photo shows the closed panels – one would hardly know the room was, in fact, a library. The bottom photo shows the open panels. Pretty neat, although I don't know why anyone wouldn't wish to view their books all the time.

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The library at Erddig House in Wales, created was created in 1775, when what had been the Little Parlour of the 1680s house was altered and enlarged, and about 1500 books from another room installed. The stacks are marked, and the volumes arranged from right to left — the reverse of the normal practice. Hung around walls and shelves are a selection of ancestral engravings.

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The Historic Country Hotels of England; Arnold

A detail of the library at Ston Easton Park near Bath, Avon, England. The house was built in the 18th century, but was allowed to decay in the 1950s after it was sold to pay death taxes. These library bookshelves were nearly shipped to America, but an export license was refused. It is now a hotel. I like how the beautiful library ladder is used to hold a collection of spirits in crystal decanters (it looks fabulous, but does say something about the priorities of the inhabitants).

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In an Irish House; Connolly

The gothic-style library at Dunsany Castle in County Meath, Ireland.

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In an Irish House; Connolly

The Brown Library at Baronscourt in CountyTyrone, Ireland. It was decorated by the late interior designer, David Hicks.


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