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Ballantyne, Andrew, & Law, Andrew

Tudoresque. In pursuit of the ideal home.

London, Raktion Books 2011.

Reference: 15002

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8vo. 286pp, 79 photo ills. Publisher’s cloth, in pictorial dustwrapper. No ownership inscription but Gavin Stamp’s copy.

A study of the widespread popularity over the last two centuries of a “Tudor” architectural style as a comfort blanket both for middle class home owners and for rather grander individuals commissioning one-off designs from well-known architects. The use of the word “Tudoresque” somewhat clouds underlying differences between the various types of buildings discussed, but the authors’ illustrations, in a concluding chapter, of black-and-white half timbered villas in Malaysia and Singapore demonstrate the attachment to the style in the outposts of empire.