The Englishman’s house. A practical guide for selecting or building a house. A new edition with a coloured frontispiece and 534 illustrations.
London, Chatto & Windus 1898.
8vo. (8) + pp (v) - vi + 504pp, incl. colour frontispiece and woodcut frontispiece, also (534) text ills. Publisher’s decorative cloth, gilt, spine faded and slightly bumped at head and foot.
It is a striking indication of the architectural conservatism of the average Englishman of the nineteenth century that The Englishman’s House, a reissue in a smaller format of Richardson’s Picturesque Designs for Mansions, ran to five virtually identical editions between 1871 and 1898, despite the fact that the house designs featured in the book were of the styles fashionable between the 1830s and the 1850s (Harrington House, built in 1852 and described in detail in the present volume, is typical of Richardson’s output). This shows the time-lag between the first examples of an architectural style and its general acceptance by the Victorian public, and no architectural historian can disregard the influence of such books as The Englishman’s House on London and provincial builders and their clients right down to the end of the century.