Raynham Hall: An English Country House Revealed
By Michael Ridgdill
Approaching its 400th anniversary, Raynham Hall is finally opening its doors and sharing its treasures to an excited public. This early 17th century country house was one of the first residential examples of neo-Palladian architecture in England, and played a monumental role in the sweeping changes of architectural style that would occur nearly 100 years later during the Georgian period. The designer William Kent redesigned the interiors in the 1720’s with his quintessential style of neoclassical ornaments and furniture, scaled down from his work at Kensington Palace and Houghton Hall. The book was made possible with grants from The Monument Trust (A subsidiary of the Sainsbury Family Foundation) and from the Friends of the BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association).
The book launch took place with great anticipation at Christie’s auction house in London in March 2018, with Charles Cator of Christie’s, the Marquess & Marchioness Townshend, the Viscount & Viscountess Raynham, the Earl of Snowdon, Baroness Aurelia Young, historian Jeremy Musson, and historian Lady Sheila Hale amongst the 200 notable attendees. Researched and narrated by American Friends of British Art’s founder Dr. Michael Ridgdill, and with breathtaking photography by London photographer Julius Beltrame, the book has already received considerable recognition in House & Garden (UK), Art & Antiques magazine, the Eastern Daily Press, and The Lynn News.
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