The Essential Stowe Hou

The Essential Stowe Hou

by Nick Morris

Publication Date: 01/11/2015

The building of Stowe was begun in 1676; over the next century it developed into one of Europe's greatest classical houses, visited by European and Russian royalty. Surrounded by magnificent landscape gardens, the estate still inspires awe in visitors today. Numerous famous architects worked on its construction, including Sir John Vanbrugh, William Kent, James Gibbs, Robert Adam, Thomas Pitt and Sir John Soane. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the estate had fallen into decline and was only saved by the foundation of Stowe School in 1923. Stowe House is now finally being restored to its former glory. This lavishly illustrated book explores the tumultuous history of a house that was once too grand even for royalty."
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Scala Publishers, Limited
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United Kingdom
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Nick Morris

Stowe House's Chief Executive Officer Nick Morris, who has managed restoration work there for the past eight years, has drawn together contributions from leading experts to produce an authoritative work that looks behind the creation of the house, charts the continuing evolution of the site and demonstrates the care taken to ensure authenticity throughout the £40m restoration programme.

As Stowe School's Operations Director from 2009 to 2017, he was closely involved in the School's building projects and management of the site and he now looks forward to completing the restoration and continuing to work closely with the School and the National Trust in that work and in presenting the House to the public.

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