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Charleston Saved 1979-1989

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    Anthea Arnold(Author)

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Charleston Saved 1979-1989 tells the story of what was described at the time as 'one of the most difficult and imaginative feats of restoration current in Britain. When Duncan Grant died in 1978 the house he and Vanessa Bell had rented since 1916 was in a very dilapidated state. All the designs and decorations they had created over the years were still there: the wall surfaces, the furniture, the wood panels, the ceramics, the fabrics, the paintings and, of course, the garden. But damp, dirt and neglect had reduced them all to a wretched state. This book describes how Deborah Gage, a young woman of twenty nine, succeeded in raising the money and masterminded the whole operation. It also gives graphic descriptions of the conservation of every part of the house, its contents and the garden. When it was completed the people involved wrote accounts of what they had done and their words have been used to complete the story of how the house was saved and opened to the public in 1986.

'Anthea Arnold has created a story that reflects the love and dedication of all those involved in the project.' -- Sussex Life --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Book details

  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Anthea Arnold(Author)
  • Robert Hale Ltd (31 May 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Liz Hodgkinson on 20 April 2017

    I already knew most of this story but it was good to be reminded of how one woman's determination - Deborah Gage - saved a crumbling, dilapidated and uninhabitable house from destruction. Charleston farmhouse had been painted all over by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell in perhaps a rather slapdash manner, but their desire to cover every surface with swirly designs and figures, has now been brought back to life and people come from all over the world to view it. Many experts in paint, fabric, ceramics and wood were needed to recreate the house as it was in its heyday, without making it too modern or perfect - a huge challenge.I would have liked the book to contain more about the sterling work of Hugh Lee, a career civil servant who devoted his life to art after retirement, and himself put a great deal of work into raising funds and whipping up enthusiasm for saving this unique handpainted house.

  • By KW427 on 31 May 2016

    Bought for my Mum, subject matter not really my thing, but Mum loved it, so recommended!

  • By J. M. Johnson on 29 December 2012

    This was ordered as a present for someone who is a friend of Charleston, and it arrived very quickly and in good condition. Magnificently produced, and much appreciated by the recipient.

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