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    Dumfries House: An Architectural Story (Hardback) By (author) Simon Green, Edited by Jane Thomas

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    DescriptionOn 18 July 1754, William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, laid the foundation stone of Dumfries House. It was the first country house built by Robert, John and James Adam - the brothers whose architectural practice was to become the most famous in Britain. Dumfries House lies within its historic landscape in rolling farmland to the west of Cumnock. Completed in 1760, the house was adapted and altered over the years - most significantly and sympathetically by Robert Weir Schultz, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Dumfries House is not only significant architecturally, it also contains one of the most spectacular collections of eighteenth century furniture in Britain, with works by Thomas Chippendale, and pieces by three renowned Edinburgh furniture-makers, Francis Brodie, Alexander Peter and William Mathie. In June 2007, HRH The Prince of Wales headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to buy the house, its contents and its estate, with the express aim of preserving it in its entirety and making it more accessible to the public. In this landmark book, author Simon Green draws on previously unpublished documents from the extensive archives of the Bute family, who lived in the house from the early nineteenth century until the death of Lady Bute in 1993, along with a wealth of photographs, plans and drawings from the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Exploring the people and the ideas behind a unique building, 'Dumfries House' is the story of the survival of a treasured eighteenth century family residence - at once the 'homliest' of homes and 'a great undertaking, more bold than wise'.


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    Title
    Dumfries House
    Subtitle
    An Architectural Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Green, Edited by Jane Thomas
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 229 mm
    Height: 286 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781902419855
    ISBN 10: 1902419855
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: AMKH
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKSB
    DC23: 728.80941467
    Thema V1.0: AMK
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-SB
    Illustrations note
    360
    Publisher
    Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland
    Imprint name
    Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland
    Publication date
    03 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Simon Green is an architectural historian at RCAHMS with over 30 years experience researching Scotland's buildings.
    Review quote
    This handsomely produced history of a national treasure is a fitting tribute to a fascinating house - Marcus Binney, Country Life