An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams
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What could seem more British than a country house like Cliveden, Leeds Castle or Blenheim Palace? Yet their survival - and present appearance - is largely due to American money and American taste. Magnificently illustrated with period and modern colour photographs, this handsome book offers a fascinating account of how magnates such as Andrew Carnegie at Skibo and Paul Getty at Wormsley created idylls of baronial splendour, and how the 'country house look' was codified by an American, Nancy Lancaster.