Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells (Hardback)

Desmond Seward

Edité par Elliott Thompson Limited, 2015
ISBN 10: 178396183X / ISBN 13: 9781783961832
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Language: English Brand New Book. I tend to regard Renishaw as the mistress of my old age, beautiful, charming, moody and unpredictable. -- Sir Reresby Sitwell. Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire has been the seat of the Sitwell family since 1625. Its remarkable story is only matched by that of the family who have dwelled there, and with whose fortunes it has risen and fallen, only to rise again. Modern Renishaw s real creator was the under-estimated Sir George Sitwell, a pioneer of the Baroque revival and a gardener of genius, but caricatured as a buffoon by his son Osbert. Better known are his children, the Trio - Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell - who were the Bloomsbury Group s rivals in the 1920s and leading literary figures in the 1950s and 60s. In telling the tale of the Sitwells through the centuries, Desmond Seward also takes us on a tour through English history, to the house s restoration at the end of the twentieth century, and the return to its former glory as a jewel of British heritage, winning the coveted Historic Houses Association Award for Garden of the Year in 2015. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire has been the seat of the Sitwell family since 1625. Its remarkable story is only matched by that of the family who have dwelled there, and with whose fortunes it has risen and fallen, only to rise again.

Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell were some of the brightest stars of 1920s literary society. They counted among their friends and acquaintances some of the greatest writers and artists of the age, many of whom came to love the beautiful Renishaw Hall (Whistler and Evelyn Waugh were frequent visitors).

Infested by ghosts as some houses are by rats, Renishaw has had colourful owners since it was built by a Cavalier turned Roundhead a Regency Buck who hunted a tiger with his hounds then added the great rooms. The creator of today s Renishaw was eccentric Sir George, who laid out the beautiful gardens, bought the Italian furniture and had Sargent paint his family, but was belittled in his son Osbert's biography. Recent restoration has revealed the spell that caused Rex Whistler to call Renishaw 'the most exciting house in England'.

But the story of the house does not begin or end there. In telling the tale of the Sitwells through the centuries, Desmond Seward also takes us on a tour through English history, to the house s restoration at the end of the twentieth century, and the return to its former glory as a jewel of British heritage.

A propos de l'auteur: Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books of history including The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, Eleanor of Aquitaine and The Last White Rose: the Spectre at the Tudor Court 1485 1547.

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Titre : Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells (...
Éditeur : Elliott Thompson Limited
Date d'édition : 2015
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New

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