Decorative Plasterwork in Great Britain

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Routledge, Oct 6, 2015 - Architecture - 288 pages

Decorative plasterwork was created by skilled craftsmen, and for over four hundred years it has been an essential part of the interior decoration of the British country house. In this detailed and comprehensive study, Geoffrey Beard has created a book that will delight the eye and inform the interested reader. For those who have sometimes been puzzled by the complexities of plaster decoration it will be a most useful work of reference on a fascinating art form, about which no book has been published for nearly fifty years. After discussing the part that patrons played in commissioning and financing these beautiful decorations, a useful chapter is devoted to materials and methods of work and here the author describes the ingredients of good plaster; he has studied the work of present-day English plasterers and Swiss stucco-restorers in order to establish precisely how the materials of plaster and stucco were composed and used.

 

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Contents

I MAGNIFICENT BUILDING
1
II MATERIALS AND METHODS
9
III WROUGHT WITH PLASTER 15001600
23
IV THE BESTE MASTERS 16601702
33
V ADORNED WITH STUCCO 17021760
53
VI CLASSICAL COMPOSITION 17601830
70
VII PLASTERWORK IN SCOTLAND
80
Notes
93
PLATES
101
SELECT LIST OF PLASTERERS
199
Bibliography
253
Index of Places
254
Index of Persons
259
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Richard Ireland is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and coauthor, with Chris Harding, of "Imprisonment in England and Wales: A Concise History ""and Punishment: Rhetoric, Rule and Practice,

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