Год издания: 2007
Издатель: University of Virginia Press
Количество страниц: 400
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In a list of objectives and inquiries meant to guide and make profitable the European travel of two young Americans in 1788, Thomas Jefferson noted, "Architecture [is] worth great attention. As we double our numbers ever 20 years we must double our houses.... It is then among the most important arts: and it is desireable to introduce taste into an art which shews so much." Referring both to the large physical presence of architecture, as well as the ability of a structure to reveal its owner's character, Jefferson articulates the telling relationship in eighteenth-century Virginia between architecture and construction of the self. In Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite, Barbara Burlison Mooney employs Jefferson's theory to examine twenty-five great eighteenth-century Virginia mansions, and offer an analytical overview of Virginia's elite residential architecture from a patronage perspective. Though it focuses on architectural history, the...