It is often argued that Britain possesses the finest collection of "living" stately homes in the world. It is harder to deny that they represent one of the country's greatest assets and its greatest contribution to the decorative arts worldwide.
This lecture goes back in time to explain their origins in British history, the changing nature of society and the way country houses have evolved. This journey through their history illustrates the most magnificent examples in all their grandeur and beauty, while considering the impact they have had on society and its development.
Consideration is given to changing roles and if they can still exert a powerful hold on society. How should we look on them today and how are they to survive and evolve in the future?
"Thank you again for your most interesting and informative lecture which was much enjoyed by our members. Thanks to you, we will now be adding many more "must see" houses to our lists motivated also by a greater understanding of their role and function in our history"
TERESA WALLACE (DFAS Programme Secretary)
SKETCH BY ANTHONY RUSSELL OF ROUSHAM HOUSE, OXFORDSHIRE
BELOW ARE DESIGNS FOR A COUNTRY HOUSE
BY ANTHONY RUSSELL
ARCHITECT'S ORIGINAL PROPOSAL
ALTERATIONS BY ANTHONY RUSSELL TO THE ORIGINAL DESIGN
A FANCIFUL ALTERNATIVE DESIGN BY ANTHONY RUSSELL
THE FINAL COMPLETED COUNTRY HOUSE