Great Irish Households: Inventories from the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardback)
  • Great Irish Households: Inventories from the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardback)
zoom

Great Irish Households: Inventories from the Long Eighteenth Century (Hardback)

(consultant editor), (foreword), (author of contributions,index compiler), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of contributions), (author of preface)
£60.00
Hardback 424 Pages / Published: 28/02/2022
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket
The value of inventories in charting how houses were arranged, furnished and used is now widely appreciated. Typically, the listings and valuations were occasioned by the death of an owner and the consequent need to deal with testamentary dispositions. That was not always so. The inventory for Castlecomer House, Co. Kilkenny, for example, was drawn up to make a claim following the house's devastation in the 1798 uprising. For the most part, the inventories chosen for this book have never been published before and give new-found insights into the lifestyle and taste of some of the foremost families of the day, living in Ireland. Drawn up swiftly room by room, all the inventories were written by professional appraisers, often in consultation with family members or their stewards. The meticulous recording of the contents of the kitchen and scullery sheds light on life below stairs. Itemized equipment required for the brewery, dairy, stables, garden and farmyard reflects the at times significant scale of the communities the houses supported and alludes to remarkable self-sufficiency at some of the demesnes. Above stairs the inventories chart the evolving collecting habits and tastes of eighteenth-century patrons across Ireland and how the interiors of great town and country houses were arranged or responded to the availability of new materials such as mahogany timber. A comprehensive index facilitates access to the myriad items forming the inventories, while the books listed at three of the houses are tentatively identified in separate appendices. A foreword together with short preambles to the inventories set the households in their historical context. Illustrated with contemporary engravings of the houses and with portraits of the owners of the time, the inventories will appeal to country-house visitors, historians of interiors, patronage, collecting and material culture as well as to scholars, curators, collectors, creative designers, film directors, bibliographers, lexicographers and novelists. The eighteenth century is the period onto which the Knight of Glin directed his penetrating gaze as art historian. The book is dedicated to his memory.

Publisher: John Adamson Publishing Consultants
ISBN: 9781898565178
Number of pages: 424
Dimensions: 273 x 206 mm

You may also be interested in...

Lady in Waiting
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
True Story
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Dawn of Everything
Added to basket
£30.00   £26.99
Hardback
Women, Race & Class
Added to basket
Hood Feminism
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Georgians
Added to basket
Thin Places
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The White Album
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Curious History of Sex
Added to basket
£12.99   £11.49
Paperback
The Bookseller's Tale
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Gay Bar
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Together
Added to basket
£16.99   £8.49
Hardback
Frostquake
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.