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In memory of Lydia Dwight

Rosemary Hill, 9 April 1992

Architecture and the After-Life 
by Howard Colvin.
Yale, 418 pp., £45, November 1991, 0 300 05098 4
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The Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c.1500-c.1800 
by Nigel Llewellyn.
Reaktion, 160 pp., £9.95, March 1992, 0 948462 16 7
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... equivalent of a block of oasis dug out to spell DAD and stuffed with forced carnations. Howard Colvin and Nigel Llewellyn are a cut above that; more like dark suit, glass of sherry and no flowers by request. Both are scholars and their books introduce readers to many curious and beautiful artifacts and illuminate the circumstances in which they ...

Hugh Dalton to the rescue

Keith Thomas, 13 November 1997

The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home 
by Peter Mandler.
Yale, 523 pp., £19.95, April 1997, 0 300 06703 8
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Ancient as the Hills 
by James Lees-Milne.
Murray, 228 pp., £20, July 1997, 0 7195 5596 5
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The Fate of the English Country House 
by David Littlejohn.
Oxford, 344 pp., £20, May 1997, 9780195088762
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... interest of old houses, to which the work of scholars like Nikolaus Pevsner, John Summerson and Howard Colvin vastly contributed. It took off in the Seventies, when the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition, The Destruction of the Country House (1974), was followed by a new system giving owners protection from capital taxes in return for conceding ...


Keith Thomas: Working Methods, 10 June 2010

... Portrait Gallery has a fine snapshot (taken by Colin Matthew) of the architectural historian Howard Colvin in the ruins of Godstow Abbey: spectacles pushed up on his forehead, camera dangling from one hand, he looks down intently as he makes a neat entry in the notebook he has just fished from his pocket. I have always been impressed by those ...

Browning’s Last Duchess

Virginia Surtees, 9 October 1986

... Entries for September 1869 from the diary of the Hon. Mrs George Howard (Rosalind, youngest daughter of the second Lord Stanley of Alderley) are published here for the first time, with the permission of the Hon. Simon Howard. They cover the visit of the 57-year-old Robert Browning to Naworth Castle, the Cumberland home of the George Howards ...

Our Island Story

Stefan Collini: The New DNB, 20 January 2005

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
edited by H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison.
Oxford, sixty volumes, £7,500, September 2004, 9780198614111
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... and we get the grandmasters of the trade, such as Patrick Collinson on Elizabeth I, Michael Howard on Sir John Hackett, Eric Hobsbawm on Karl Marx (well, he lived here for thirty years, and undeniably ‘influenced the nation’s life’). Also impressive is how frequently those who have already written the authoritative intellectual biography have been ...

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