Arthur Negus Enjoys Country Houses by Chris Hunt hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 1985, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Some people think that the English country house was invented simply in order to be visited by Arthur Negus, televisions authoritative and well-loved antiques expert. Whatever the truth there can be no doubt that few other visitors share Arthurs profound knowledge of these wonderful buildings and their contents.
In this beautiful book, illustrated throughout in full colour, we are taken to twelve houses, originally visited by Arthur in the popular BBC TV series Arthur Negus Enjoys in each one. Arthur is accompanied by an expert guest, and together they examine and discuss the valuable and unique objects, artefacts and furniture which each house contains.
Hermione Waterfield marvelled with Arthur over the Faberges at Luton H(x), while Hugh Scully provided Arthur with fascinating new anecdotes about the Duke of Wellington at Stratfield Saye. At Wilton House Arthur unravelled with David Howard the grand story of the Karls of Pembroke, while at Firle Place Arthur and David Battie found some exquisite Sevres porcelain. At Kingstone Lisle Arthur and Robin Butler examined some fine early glass, while at Littlecote he and Henry Sandon told of wars, intrigue and scandal. Hannah Gordon marvelled with him at the all-round mastery of Robert Adam at Syon House, and Madeleine Ginsburg showed Arthur the intimate and dangerous secrets of a ladys boudoir at Weston Park. At Dudmaston Arthur looked with George Smith at floral decoration; at Shugborough with David Howard he heard the sea tale of Admiral Anson; at Temple Hoo he and David Battie admired a wealth of English rococo, and with Bernard Price at Goodwood House Arthur came upon evidence of a 1725 safari park.
This is a book which is full of Arthurs homely but acute observations, his hard-won knowledge and his engaging anecdotes. Arthur Negus Enjoys Country Houses is an illuminating and fascinating book about a treasured part of our national heritage.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Red boards with White & Yellow titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
160 pages. Index. 9¾” x 9¼”.
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