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Shell Houses and Grottoes

Author/EditorJackson H (Author)
ISBN: 9780747805229
Pub Date01/08/2001
BindingPaperback
Pages40
Dimensions (mm)210(h) * 150(w)
The artificial grotto has a long and intriguing history in architecture and garden design. This book describes the origins of the grotto in Renaissance Italy, its heyday in eighteenth-century England, its decline in the nineteenth century and its return to favour in the twentieth century.
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The artificial grotto has a long and intriguing history in architecture and garden design. The earliest grottoes in ancient Greece were pagan shrines dedicated to water nymphs. In the eighteenth century the Renaissance grotto was much admired on the Grand Tour and became a fashionable feature in the new landscape gardens of the wealthy British landowners. This book describes the origins of the grotto in Renaissance Italy, its heyday in eighteenth-century England, its decline in the nineteenth century and its return to favour in the twentieth century. Over 250 surviving grottoes are listed, in varying states of repair, and there are more to be discovered. This book contains a comprehensive gazetteer of grottoes and shell houses that the pubic can visit.

The artificial grotto has a long and intriguing history in architecture and garden design. The earliest grottoes in ancient Greece were pagan shrines dedicated to water nymphs. In the eighteenth century the Renaissance grotto was much admired on the Grand Tour and became a fashionable feature in the new landscape gardens of the wealthy British landowners. This book describes the origins of the grotto in Renaissance Italy, its heyday in eighteenth-century England, its decline in the nineteenth century and its return to favour in the twentieth century. Over 250 surviving grottoes are listed, in varying states of repair, and there are more to be discovered. This book contains a comprehensive gazetteer of grottoes and shell houses that the pubic can visit.

Hazelle Jackson is a social history graduate with a life-long inerest in subterranean dwellings and man-made caves. She has travelled to the remoter parts of the British Isles to seek out and record the history of shell houses and grottoes. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Guild and the Folly Fellowship.

Early grottoes; Grottoes in the eighteenth century: The 'nymphaeum', The shell grotto and house, the simulated limestone cave; Grottoes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; design, construction and decoration; further reading; gazetteer of grottoes to visit.

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