Paradise of Exiles Twenty Anglo-Florentine gardens from the final years of the nineteenth century, and the stories of the eccentric and bohemian colony of English and American expatriates who made them. Full description
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In the final years of the nineteenth century the crumbling villas abandoned on the hills above Florence proved irresistible to an eccentric colony of English and American expatriates. After a brilliant introduction this entertaining book features some twenty of these characters, among them Bernard Berenson at I Tatti; the cad Sir Arthur Acton and his fabulously wealthy wife at La Pietra; the bereaved philosopher Charles Strong whose Rockefeller in-laws financed his villa retreat; the cross-dressing English essayist Violet Paget - known to the world as Vernon Lee; the beautiful Serbian Princess Jeanne Ghika who lived in seclusion with her American companion Miss Blood; the eccentric English romance writer known as Ouida; the much-married American heiress Mabel Dodge Luhan and the misanthropic aristocrat Sir Gerge Sitwell. Art and history formed the main interests of the community with horticulture a close second. The Anglo-Florentines injected new life into Tuscany's decrepit gardens, touring the countryside for inspiration and trawling old libraries for treatises and manuals.Some preferred an anglicised version and smothered their walls with scented climbers, replaced gravel terraces with emerald lawns and stuffed box parterres with bright bedding plants and their orchards with exotic shrubs. Literary reference abounds throughout this book with Henry James leading the way, but it is the old guide books - Elgood's Italian Gardens, Latham's The Gardens of Italy and books like Georgina Graham's My Tuscan Villa which provide so much evocative material.Revue de presse :
Exceptionally well illustrated in the publisher's usual large format. The fancy-dress poses of Anglo-Florentine high society are especially telling, and George Elgood's fine Edwardian watercolours of the gardens evoke nostalgia for a golden age. --Times Literary Supplement
It has wonderful photos and a very good historical text with an apt, witty touch about gardens of great expatriates in and around Florence in the late 19th century… An ideal present for anyone who has bolted to make a garden and a little stir abroad. --Financial Times
The topic of this book may sound like a niche preoccupation, but in the hands of a perceptive and amusing author it proves irresistible… Like its subject matter, this book is a delightful confection. --Daily Telegraph
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Description du livre Frances Lincoln, 2009. 9780711229563, 2009. Hardcover. État : New. Dust Jacket Included. NEW large hardback in d/w. 176 pages. Colour and b/w photographs throughout. From the blurb: "In the final years of the nineteenth century a fascinating community of English and American expatriates gathered in the crumbling villas scattered throughout the hills above Florence.Paradise of Exiles focuses on these august villas and the eccentric characters who restored them." These characters include Bernard Berenson, who transformed the modest farmhouse of I Tatti into an international centre of scholarship; the 'cad' Sir Arthur Acton and his fabulously wealthy American wife, whose Villa La Pietra was a gigantic showcase for art and antiques, and the misanthropic aristocrat Sir George Sitwell, who wrote an enduring essay on the glory of Italian horticulture. N° de réf. du libraire 1312
Description du livre Frances Lincoln, 2009. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110711229562
Description du livre FRANCES LINCOLN, 2009. LEGATURA EDITORIALE. État : NUOVO. Twenty Anglo-Florentine gardens from the final years of the nineteenth century, and the stories of the eccentric and bohemian colony of English and American expatriates who made them. Pagg. 176, cm 24x30, rilegato. N° de réf. du libraire 9780711229563
Description du livre Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2009. Hardcover. État : Brand New. 176 pages. 11.61x9.37x0.75 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire __0711229562
Description du livre État : Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. N° de réf. du libraire 97807112295631.0
Description du livre Frances Lincoln, 2009. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0711229562