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Scotland's Lost Houses

Scotland's Lost Houses Ian Gow, Scotland’s Lost Houses, Aurum Press, isbn 1-84513-051-0, £40. (Figure 11.1) ‘… from the Archives of Country Life’ – for more than a decade this celebrated series of quarto volumes from the Aurum Press has provided a showcase for exquisite black and white photographs from the magazine’s apparently inexhaustible picture library, designed to satisfy an equally insatiable appetite of the country house lover. Ian Gow, having already contributed ‘Scottish Houses and Gardens from the Archives of Country Life’ to the series in 1997, has now added ‘Scotland’s Lost Houses’. It features around twenty houses, burnt down, blown up, or allowed to deteriorate bit by bit, as well as one teetering on the brink for over thirty years: Mavisbank, apogee of early Georgian architecture in Scotland. Although a companion piece to ‘England’s Lost Houses’ (2002) by the late Giles Worsley, there are few photographs in this book from Country Life, and Gow has looked to other sources. Why the dearth of material? ‘When Country Life turned to Scotland,’ Gow explains, ‘it was to seek out picturesque ancient castles and tower-houses to vary its diet of English country houses.’ However, the taste for Romantic contrast stopped short of later http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Scotland's Lost Houses

Architectural Heritage , Volume 18 (1): 172 – Nov 1, 2007

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2007.18.1.172
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Ian Gow, Scotland’s Lost Houses, Aurum Press, isbn 1-84513-051-0, £40. (Figure 11.1) ‘… from the Archives of Country Life’ – for more than a decade this celebrated series of quarto volumes from the Aurum Press has provided a showcase for exquisite black and white photographs from the magazine’s apparently inexhaustible picture library, designed to satisfy an equally insatiable appetite of the country house lover. Ian Gow, having already contributed ‘Scottish Houses and Gardens from the Archives of Country Life’ to the series in 1997, has now added ‘Scotland’s Lost Houses’. It features around twenty houses, burnt down, blown up, or allowed to deteriorate bit by bit, as well as one teetering on the brink for over thirty years: Mavisbank, apogee of early Georgian architecture in Scotland. Although a companion piece to ‘England’s Lost Houses’ (2002) by the late Giles Worsley, there are few photographs in this book from Country Life, and Gow has looked to other sources. Why the dearth of material? ‘When Country Life turned to Scotland,’ Gow explains, ‘it was to seek out picturesque ancient castles and tower-houses to vary its diet of English country houses.’ However, the taste for Romantic contrast stopped short of later

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2007

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