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Scotland's Lost Houses

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ISBN: 1845130510
Издательство: Aurum Press, Limited
Год издания: 2006
Страниц: 192
Since 1945, it has been estimated, over 200 major houses have been lost in Scotland, from Robert Adam's delightful Balbardie to the magnificent Hamilton Palace, which had it survived would today be a tourist attraction to rival Chatsworth. Some fell victim to fire, or decay; many were deliberately demolished because of the prohibitive cost of their upkeep. But fortunately photographs remain, as a remarkably varied, often eerie record of these great lost houses. Sometimes, as with Annan's extraordinary photographs of Hamilton Palace in its prime, they provide a fitting record of an architectural masterpiece. In other cases, as with Murthly, the unique pictorial record is a painstaking - and heartbreaking - sequence of photographs taken by the demolition contractor of the process of blowing it up. Of the Palladian villa of Amisfield, all that remains are four pictures: nothing more. In this authoritative and beautiful book, Ian Gow traces the history of 20 of the greatest of these...