If you are looking for an introduction to Georgian Style, this book examines that 'Age of Elegance' and deconstructs it for you. As author Henrietta Spencer Churchill ably explains, there is no one Georgian look as the style encompasses four movements, four King Georges and about 130 years from around 1700 to 1830.
This book is about 3/4 pictures and 1/4 text. Churchill is articulate in describing the style and its features. The book is divided into four sections: Georgian Style, The Exterior, The Interior and Design Directory. She describes the early, middle and late Georgian periods followed by the Regency period which she also includes.
In the section on the the exterior, settings, village houses, lodges, gatehouses, walled gardens, water features, informal gardens, garden buildings, garden furniture, roofs, doors and windows are among the topics covered. My favorite section, the interior, describes the different rooms in a Georgian house and some of their elements such as mouldings panelling, drapes, floors, stairs and fireplaces.
In the last section there is a design directory of the major influencers of the Georgian Age such as the Adam brothers, Chippendale, Palladio, Sheraton and Hepplewhite among lesser known figures. Paints and wallpapers are briefly reviewed. Finally, there is a helpful glossary. The topics are covered in a survey manner, dipping into the topics briefly. So many topics are covered there is not a lot of depth on any one topic. If you want a helpful overview, this book offers it along with some entertaining details. You will read, for example, that the wallpaper artists thought it bad luck to cut through an image of an animal on the paper. They had to arrange the paper, and overlap the animals, so the creatures were unscathed.
The images in the book aren't identified as belonging to particular properties - perhaps the owners wanted privacy. The images were large and the colors seemed true. I would have preferred that the author cover fewer topics and go a little more into detail on the interiors, furnishings, and window treatments, but that is subjective to interest of the reader. A little longer book on the topic, with more images, and a little more depth, would be of interest. As an introduction to the Georgian Age, this is a helpful and pleasant read.
Book as no dust jacket.Blue boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Condition is good with clean pages throughout and securely bound. Printed in 1997.