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208 × 156 × 24 mm
288 pages
79 illustrations
01 May 2011
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Tudoresque In Pursuit of the Ideal Home Andrew Law, Andrew Ballantyne

Tudoresque architecture is viewed around the world as a symbol of British identity. This style has a powerful hold on the popular imagination, representing the idea of ‘home’ to British citizens, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Some love it, others hate it, but the Tudoresque is still being built, sometimes to give a house a settled, old-fashioned air, sometimes to supply exotica.

While lots of people live in Tudor-style houses, very few know anything about their general history. Tudoresque is an insightful book that explores the origin of the style, tracing its roots to the antiquarian enthusiasms of the eighteenth century. It looks at the Tudoresque cottage style, which later influenced 1930s architecture, and the Tudor-style manor house, particularly favoured in the nineteenth century. While the style has been discouraged since the 1920s – and is especially reviled by modernists – it continues often to be chosen when design professionals do not have the upper hand. Contrary to common view, the authors show how Tudoresque is the mainstream of twentieth-century British architecture and a mass phenomenon. Whether ‘mock Tudor’, ‘Tudorbethan’ or ‘Tudor Revival’, they are important not so much because they are great architecture, but because they are everywhere.

Illustrated with more than 200 years of Tudoresque buildings, and including examples from Britain, America, India and East Asia, this perceptive and knowledgeable book will enlighten anyone with a curiosity about the subject or about the house in which they live.

‘Its a good thing that there are cultural historians around to point out the hidden strangeness of our streets. Andrew Ballantyne and Andrew Law have given deep thought to the question of why Tudor appeals.’ — New Statesman

‘[an] original, scholarly book . . . Andrew Ballantyne and Andrew Law convincingly relate the style's resilience to a supposed golden age of politics, religion and literature in Tudor England.’ — TLS

‘the authors patiently unpick these complex strands of architectural history, folk memory, and English nationalism. They use an enormous number of cultural references, both expected and unexpected, ranging from Edmund Burke through Osbert Lancaster, George Orwell and JB Priestley to A Clockwork Orange, as well as apposite architectural examples selected from over two centuries and almost every continent.’ — Context

‘the book focuses on the history of domestic architecture in the UK, with later sections addressing the Tudoresque abroad. The authors make an interesting point about how Tudoresque structures in China and India sere built to evoke a typical British home, in spite of being grossly out of place for the climate. Recommended.’ — Choice

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Andrew Law lectures in Town Planning at Newcastle University. He is a sociologist with an interest in heritage and conservation groups. His work has been published in Architectures: Modernism and After (2004).

Andrew Ballantyne is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University. He has written extensively on architectural history and theory. His books include Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (2002) and, with Andrew Law, Tudoresque: In Pursuit of the Ideal Home (Reaktion, 2011).

Preface by Andrew Ballantyne

Chapter One—An Indigenous Architecture
Chapter Two—Reviving a Tradition
Chapter Three—Tudoresque Paternalism
Chapter Four—Tudoresque Self-Reliance
Chapter Five—Backstage Tudoresque
Chapter Six—Britannia ‘Outre-mer
Chapter Seven—A Global Brand: Beyond the Tropics and Back Again