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WATKIN David (ed.), HEWAT-JABOOR Philip (ed.), Thomas Hope: Designer and Patron in Regency London

<i>© Yale University Press</i>

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About the catalogue:
The son of the wealthiest merchant bankers in Europe, Thomas Hope (1769-1831) was a major catalyst in the arts of Regency England. At the age of 18, he embarked on a Grand Tour to the Continent and started to assemble the remarkable art collection that he later installed in his Duchess Street house in central London. Hope's remodeling and interior decoration of that house fostered what became known as the Regency.
This book is the most comprehensive study to date of Thomas Hope, focusing on his multifaceted role as designer and patron. The contributors examine his wide-ranging contribution to the arts as well as his extensive writings. Richly illustrated with new photographs, the volume presents a vast array of paintings, furniture, sculpture, and works of art, many of which have never been published before.

Thomas Hope: Designer and Patron in Regency London
Eds. David Watkin & Philip Hewat-Jaboor
Co-Curators: Philip Hewat-Jaboor & Daniella Ben-Arie
- Foreword, by Susan Weber Soros
- Introduction and Acknowledgements, by David Watkin
- Family Tree and Chronology, by Daniella Ben-Arie
- European Wealth and Ottoman Travel, by Dr. Philip Mansel
- The Reform of Taste in London: Hope's House in Duchess Street, by Prof. David Watkin
- Critic and Historian: Hope's Writings on Architecture, Furniture, and Interior Decoration, by David Watkin
Part 1. Household Furniture and Interior Decoration
Part 2. The Dowing College Controversy and the Greek Revival
Part 3. An Historical Essay on Architecture
- Thomas Hope's Furniture: "A Delightful and Varied Significance of Shape and Embellishment", by Frances Collard
- Fashion a L'Antique. Thomas Hope and Regency Dress, by Dr. Aileen Ribeiro
- "Character, Pleasing Outline, and Appropriate Meaning": Thomas Hope's Metalwork for Duchess Street, by Martin Chapman
- The Past as a Foreign Country: Thomas Hope's Collection of Antiquities, by Dr. Ian Jenkins
- "A zealous and liberal patronage of its contemporary professors": Thomas Hope's modern sculptures, by Prof. David Bindman
- The Collection of Contemporary Pictures of Thomas Hope, by Jeannie Chapel
- The Collections of Old Masters of John Hope and his sons Thomas Hope and Henry Philip Hope, by Jeannie Chapel
- The Hope Family in London: Collecting and Patronage, by Daniella Ben-Arie
- The Reform of Taste in the Country: The Deepdene, by David Watkin
- The Tragic Mask of Anastasius/ Selim: A New Introduction to Hope's Novel, by Jerry Nolan
- Hope's Philosophical Excursus, by Prof. Roger Scruton
- The Afterlife of Hope, by David Watkin and Frances Collard
- Bibliography, by Daniella Ben Arie
The catalogue is available here.

Place and publisher: Yale University Press

Date of publication: 2008

Number of pages: 520

This week’s book(s):

Description: From the publishers:
"Wellington's momentous victory over Napoleon was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington's achievements were far from over: he commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool's cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Peel's government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852.
In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington's significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legend of the selfless hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington's determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers and resisting radical agitation while granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland rather than risk civil war. And countering one-dimensional pictures of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a portrait of a well-rounded man whose austere demeanor on the public stage belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.
Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide. He is the author of several previous books related to Wellington's career, including the first volume of this two-volume set, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769–1814. He lives in Australia".
The accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir's two-volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington has been made available by Yale University Press to read online or as a free download on the website of the biography here. The Commentary, originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814.

Place and publisher: Newhaven and London, Yale University Press

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 728

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