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Cv August




Country House Collection November 2021

ISBN 9781908419712 

Book format: 200x150mm

300 properties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Full plate colour ill.

Specialist contributors. Articles, essays, interviews.


Country House Collection documents the development of stately homes in England with a trajectory from Medieval times to a burgeoning of the neo-classical style of building in the early to mid 18th Century. The grand houses that appeared in rural locations manifested statements of a ruling class composed of  self-made landowners, merchants and families of historic lineage and title. Often built on a vast scale such as Cliveden or Blenheim Palace, the grand residences were set in a beautifully conceived landscape, and contained a wealth of personal collections: artefacts, objects and furniture,  often gathered in cultural tours of Italy and European capitals. The families often passed their propertyand land  to succeeding generations, preserving a historic lineage. The pattern of these stately homes echo Royal Palaces and Residences that form the  bedrock and lodestone of the continuing social order. The neo-classical style made  a civilised answer beyond the brutal power struggles of early medieval barons, whose castles formidable buttressed towers still dominate the English landscape. 


ROYAL COLLECTIONS - why are they important parts of our national and international life?  First they embody, literally, century upon century of history; they show international connections, changing aesthetic taste, the evolution of relationships both national and international, and in the opening out of such collections to a national and international public, they also embody the changing relationships of the royal family to the public. The family and its history is no longer isolated and barricaded but part of the national fabric, from the opening of the gardens of Buckingham Palace to the varied royal art galleries and publicly accessible royal palaces.

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Articles by Marina Vaizey

The Queens Gallery 

Kenwood House (Iveagh Bequest)


Blenheim Palace

Houghton Hall  


Interviews with curators:


Kensington Palace  

Petworth House

Hampton Court  Palace

 Knole House

Burghley House 

Wilton House

Boughton House

Waddesdon Manor

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2013 January Francesco Clemente James Cahill February Edward Lucie-Smith The Decline & Fall of the Avant-Garde March Kurt Schwitters Anne Blood April Robert Rauschenberg Cahill/James Chuck Close Lucie-Smith July Photography and Art Marina Vaizey/Anne Blood John Dugger October The Dance of Death Lucie-Smith December Art, Criticism & Display


2014 January Tracks 2014 July Art, Poetry and WW1 Lucie-Smith September Les Berberes et Moi Magdalena Wasiura October Liverpool Biennal Visiting Frieze Art Fair 2014 November Between Dream and Nightmare Kiefer, Polke, Richter Modern German Art Marina Vaizey December Rembrandt and Turner Edward Lucie-Smith


 2015 February The Private John Singer Sargent Lucie-Smith March Leon Golub Political Painting Goya Between Two Worlds Lucie-Smith October Ai Weiwei November Through the Lens Marina Vaizey Giacometti/Auerbach December Artist & Empire Michael Craig-Martin Julia Margaret Cameron


2016 July Georgia O Keeffe September Picasso/Pollock:the European Vanguard versus American Modernism Edward Lucie-Smith


2017 May Painted Lives David Hockney . Vanessa Bell Marina Vaizey October Aspects of Jasper Johns Frieze London


2018 September/October William Blake Tate Britain Frieze Masters London Beautiful and Determined: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters National Portrait Gallery November Nam June Paik Tate Modern Antony Gormley Royal Academy December London Review Museums and Galleries 2019


2019 Anselm Kiefer White Cube Bermondsey My Country V1 Cornwall Norfolk Cumbria Wiltshire My Country V2 Oxfordshire GloucestershireBuckinghamshire PicnMix:Royal Academy Summer Exhibition



January Picasso Pathology: Drawings and Graphic Work Richard Artschwager


February David Bomberg Magnetic Outsider David Hockney Drawing From Life


March Colour My Day: Andy Warhol Art Design & Society The Book of Women Figure Studies Book of the City Journals 1966-2019


April Book of The Gallery Projects Between Artists Painted Vistas Book of the landscape Aspects of London and Oxford City Views Artists from Cv Archive: Phillip King Therese Oulton Hughie O Donoghue Anthony Caro June Redfern David Nash Eduardo Paolozzi John Latham Stuart Brisley Felicity Powell Louise Sheridan Geoff Uglow Sheila Vollmer Richard Wilson


May/June/July/August Aubrey Beardsley by Edward Lucie-Smith Seminar on The Gallery recorded at Flat Time House October 2019 audio here Photo Works 1972-2020 Titian at the National Gallery Andy Warhol at Tate Modern Review of Tate Britain by Edward Lucie-Smith The Art World The Lives of Others Marina Vaizey


September/October Artemesia Gentileschi at the National Gallery London. Lucy Skaer at Bloomberg Space. Damien Hirst: Early Works Newport Street Gallery.


November/December Marina Vaizey:Visible Women 1 Barbara Hepworth/Bridget Riley; Anthology of Fables



January/February Richard Hamilton Cristea Roberts ; Marina Vaizey Visible Women Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin.; Damien Hirst: Mental Escapology St. Moritz


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June Rodin Tate Modern, Rosalind Nashishibi National Gallery


July Being Tracey: Life Into Art Marina Vaizey (revised 2012 study)


Forthcoming Autumn 2021: Country House Collection-Estates of Art view here >